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    Sale 7674

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 October 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 38

    Nja Mahdaoui (Tunisian, b. 1937)


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    Nja Mahdaoui (Tunisian, b. 1937)
    signed in Arabic (lower left)
    acrylic, metallic paint and pen on cavas
    78 7/8 x 39in. (200.3 x 100cm)

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    Nja Mahdaoui is one of Tunisia's leading contemporary artists. His work is based on the shapes associated with the Kufic script. He is often described as a "choreographer of letters". In most of his work, Mahdaoui remains strongly influenced by Tunisian cultural traditions, such as textile arts, but manages to harmonize traditional calligraphic styles with a thoroughly modern sensibility.

    Although his words are rarely decipherable, he uses letterforms as motifs to create rhythmic and melodic compositions.
    His style can seem at times almost Far Eastern, and exists between tradition and modernity, between calligraphy and abstract art.

    Saleroom Notice

    This lot was sourced in the UAE and if bought by a UAE resident is duty exempt.