Egyptian artist Awad Elshimy (born in 1949), is considered to be one of the cornerstones of Arab Graphics. He was inspired by the rich visual legacy of Islamic art’s aesthetics to convey his contemporary vision.
Among Awad Elshimy’s profuse transformative phases, two of his collections standout in a unique way: “The Apotheoses of an Old Warrior ” – executed in 1991 using engraving on metal; and “Oriental Windows ” a series of twenty-eight printed plates, carried out using the same medium in 1996.
In these series, Elshimy was guided by the contrast between the density of the shadows -through the impressive visual presence of ancient walls, and the radiance of the shining light –through the window openings, shaped with a slick and yet admirable unravelment of the design. The unique juxtaposition of the shades of dark and light that vary from melding harmony to blatant antagonism only increases his work’s splendor… While it seems the “warrior” is flaunting the remnants of the old time’s Glory, nothing is left of him but a hollow structure, clinging to yesterday’s shields and weapons to maintain a dream of power.