Contemporary Art Exhibition
23rd May - 8th June 2013
NOW EXTENDED UNTIL 14th JUNE
In his debut exhibition at Rt Gallery, Mounir Ekdawi presents another selection of previously unexhibited oil paintings.
Born in Egypt, Mounir Ekdawi studied medicine at Alexandria University. As a medical student, he also trained in painting under the direction of Andree Sasson, pupil of the Art Deco painter and theorist Andre Lhote. Greco-Roman and Coptic art have been major influences on his painting. On qualifying as a doctor, he held a successful one-person exhibition at L'Atelier Art Gallery in Alexandria and one of his paintings was acquired by the Alexandria Gallery of Modern Art. He left Egypt for the U.K. in 1953 to specialise in psychiatry, following which he practised as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS. Because of professional constraints on his time, he only exhibited work with local groups until his retirement.
Most of his recent paintings strive to recreate the artist's growing-up years in Egypt, depicting figures remembered from his youth. His painting style has a quirkiness which offers a rather different take on the personalities involved, which is perhaps not surprising for an artist who is a psychiatrist.
In Egypt 1952 Alexandria
In the U.K. 1994 International Art Fair, London
1995 "Discerning Eye", Mall Galleries, London
1996 Egyptian Cultural Centre, London
1997 Al-Ahram Gallery London
1998 Fairfield Halls, Croydon, Surrey
1998 Loggia Gallery, London
1998 Mulberry Gallery, Weymouth
1999 Al-Ahram Gallery, London
1999 Egyptian Cultural Centre, London
2000 Fairfield Halls, Croydon, Surrey
2001 Kingston Museum Art Gallery, Surrey
2002 Fairfield Halls, Croydon, Surrey
2004 Denbies Art Gallery, Dorking, Surrey
2006 Sutton Library, Sutton, Surrey
2006 Denbies Art Gallery, Dorking, Surrey
2009 Denbies Art Gallery, Dorking, Surrey
2012 Denbies Art Gallery, Dorking, Surrey
The artist has exhibited with the Reigate Society of Artists since 1975.