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    Sale 7477

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    31 October 2007, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 63


    Nuit étoilée

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    Nuit étoilée
    signed and dated 'f. belkahia 94' (lower right); titled 'Nuit étoilée' (on the reverse)
    henna and cobalt on vellum laid down on board, four panels
    Overall 61 x 50in. (155 x 127.5cm.)
    Painted in 1994

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    Farid Belkahia's work asks fundamental questions about accepted artistic form, its origins and aesthetic sources. He does not always paint on rectangular canvases and or chemically based colours, but instead asks why should a Moroccan artist employ foreign aesthetic concepts and materials? His works are created with local, specifically Morooccan materials- natural dyes including cobalt and henna on wood, pottery and lambskin. His work is filled with symbolic signs and characters borrowed from the Tifinagh (Touareg and Berber alphabet).