Hossam Dirar is an Egyptian contemporary artist from Cairo, Egypt, who currently lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. Dirar’s work in painting is refined and takes more of a classic approach, using oil paint in expressive strokes and warm colors to depict women in their feminine power. He attempts to find links between humans regardless of their nationality, race or gender and through his art demystifies and bring to the forefront common ideas and human aspirations. In 2013, Saatchi Gallery Director in London Rebecca Wilson had chosen Dirar as one of the Twelve best young artists worldwide to be on their list for art investments.
Through the series "LE Harem. Le Cairo" Dirar trying to revive the past, and remind people of the ancient splendor of Egypt.
When I moved to Europe, I realized the large influence ancient Egyptian civilization had left in parts of the European civilizations. During my travels, I was really inspired to learn more about my own civilization and the specifics of the Arabic oriental art that showed the Egyptian lifestyle of centuries past.
Prior to Napoleon’s expedition to Egypt, European artists had minimal contact with the Orient. When the Description de l’Égypte was published and circulated in Europe, it became the most influential scientific and artistic documentation of Egypt. This publication had a profound effect on European art in the nineteenth century, and spawned a style of visual art, fashion, architecture, and literature called Orientalism. This term refers to the imitation or depiction of aspects of Eastern cultures in the West by writers, musicians, designers, and artists. His reference to the Orientalist paintings is a canvas of inspiration and re-adaptation to the contemporary era just as a hope to bring back this flair to Egypt which was endowed with beauty and a civilization glorified by the whole world. Dirar chose this period of time where life was peaceful and artistically rich compared to the current decadence we are experiencing .
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