Ahmed Alsoudani : MATRIX 165

Ahmed Alsoudani / MATRIX 165
September 6, 2012 – January 6, 2013

Alsoudani’s tumultuous paintings imagine the horrific experiences of the current war in Iraq. In actuality, the artist grew up in that country during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) before fleeing to America in 1999. The chaotic imagery of Alsoudani’s large-scale canvases reveals violence, devastation and carnage in wildly active compositions. In a technique using equal parts vibrantly-colored acrylic paint and expressive charcoal drawing, distorted figures and grotesque beasts emerge from surreal landscapes that communicate a universal understanding of human conflict and infinite suffering. Learn more about about Alsoudani in his recent podcast interview with Tyler Green of ArtInfo and Modern Art Notes. Download the MATRIX 165 artist sheet here.

MATRIX 165 is supported with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and The Dedalus Foundation, Inc. The MATRIX program is also supported by the current and founding members of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s Contemporary Coalition.

From Our Collection

Osorio, 1994 Warhol, 1963 Van Doren, 1997 Wilmarth, 1977

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