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Human II (1.2 m by 50 cm, Acrylic on Canvas, 2014). #Throwback... (Fri, 07 Aug 2020)
Human II (1.2 m by 50 cm, Acrylic on Canvas, 2014). #Throwback to when I sometimes painted socio-politically conscious art. Still do in many ways. #Humanise #HumanII #NotesToSelf #First #LifelongLearning #DontNormalise #UnconsciousBias or #TheOther instead #ChooseEmpathy #Lebanon #RedCross http://www.redcross.org.lb/index.aspx?pageid=907 https://www.instagram.com/p/CDlFlt6F4J3/?igshid=lvadev0narqa
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“Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.” John Singer... (Fri, 07 Aug 2020)
View this post on Instagram A post shared by mo*star art (@mostarart) on Aug 1, 2020 at 4:19pm PDT “Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.” John Singer Sargent.” #GreatPaintersInArtHistory “Every time I paint a portrait I lose a t-shirt.” M Negm. 😅 ‎في كل مرة أرسم صورة أفقد صديقا.“ جون سينجر سارجنت. ‎ "في كل مرة أرسم صورة أفقد قميص”. م نجم. 😅 #ThePaintWillComeOff #Energy #ToPaint #AnIdea #Humans #ExhibitionOfLife #Portraiture #Figuration #FigurativelySpeaking https://www.instagram.com/p/CDXV-c7FTLK/?igshid=1xrz19c2k2yl9
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I’ve been taking #newphotos of my #paintings …... (Fri, 07 Aug 2020)
View this post on Instagram A post shared by mo*star art (@mostarart) on Jul 31, 2020 at 4:09pm PDT I’ve been taking #newphotos of my #paintings … #Photography is all about #whereyoustand and #angles .😅😷☺️ A painting will always be a different experience to see in person…a good image gives a sense…and in these times, it represents #democratisation; in that everyone can see art. #artforall 🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸 “After Every Failure There Is a Great Success", Oil and Acrylic on canvas, 100 cm by 70 cm, 2019. From my “Timelines” series, in which I paint images from my timelines. For a few days I’ve been imagining painting a sky combined with my figurative style. And I’ve been thinking of the history of art (and life) - the combination of the more ‘classical’ with the 'expressive’. The title of this painting was inspired by a quote I read the other day on @arabic_learn , and (after painting the sky) it formed a natural horizon line for me - like a balancing point, a kind of harmony. I’m always intrigued by leaving something to the imagination in a painting, and so the words are similarly in a cursive handwriting and somewhat unrecognisable. I’ve never before used whole #Arabic phrases in my paintings, and I don’t 'wholly’ agree with this one… yet, it’s an ideal; a hope to hold on to, and what is left for humans if our hope is taken away from us? #Hope #Humans #Skies #HistoryOfArt is the #HistoryOfPainting #AncientEgypt #EgyptianBlue #Mother #newbeginnings “بعد كل فشل هناك نجاح ‏عظيم” ، زيت و اكريليك على قماش ، 100 سم في 70 سم ، 2019. من سلسلة “الجداول الزمنية” الخاصة بي ، التي أرسم فيها الصور من الجداول الزمنية الخاصة بي. لبضعة أيام كنت أتخيل رسم سماء مقترنة بأسلوبي المجازي. لقد كنت أفكر في تاريخ الفن (والحياة) - مزيج من “الكلاسيكية” أكثر مع “التعبيرية”. كان عنوان هذه اللوحة مستوحى من الاقتباس الذي قرأته في اليوم الآخر علىarabic_learn ، وشكلت (بعد رسم السماء) خطًا طبيعيًا للأفق - مثل نقطة التوازن ، نوع من الانسجام. أنا دائما مفتون بترك شيء للخيال في لوحة ، وبالتالي فإن الكلمات هي بالمثل في الكتابة اليدوية بخط اليد ولا يمكن التعرف عليها إلى حد ما. لم يسبق لي أن استخدمت عبارات كاملة ‏عربي في رسوماتي ، وأنا لا أتفق مع هذا بشكل كامل … ومع ذلك ، فهو مثالي ؛ أمل في التمسك به ، وما الذي يتبقى للبشر إذا ما أخذ أملنا بعيدًا عنا https://www.instagram.com/p/CDUvvEjldOE/?igshid=1q9zjk88i2ryn
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Always admired @thebigdraw and love their vision. This is a... (Fri, 07 Aug 2020)
Always admired @thebigdraw and love their vision. This is a great honour, to be featured by them.😊 #TheBigDraw (formally #TheCampaignforDrawing) is an #artseducation #charity for #visualliteracy and the #universallanguageofdrawing as a tool for #learning, #expression and #invention #advocacy #empowerment #engagement #access to #creativeopportunities and the #limitlesspossibilities of drawing. They run #TheBigDrawFestival – the world’s biggest #celebrationofdrawing. There are many #social, #economic and #health benefits of #drawing and I love how #free it can be🖊 #Tryit معجب دائمًا بـ thebigdraw وأحب رؤيتهم. هذا شرف عظيم ليبرزهم “السحب الكبير” (رسمياً حملة الرسم) هي مؤسسة خيرية لتعليم الفنون لمحو الأمية البصرية واللغة العالمية للرسم كأداة للتعلم والتعبير والاختراع إشراك التمكين الوصول إلى الفرص الإبداعية والإمكانيات غير المحدودة للرسم. يديرون “مهرجان السحب الكبير” - أكبر احتفال بالرسم في العالم. هناك الكثير الفوائد الاجتماعية والاقتصادية والصحية للرسم وأحب كيف يمكن أن يكون مجانيًا. جربه. 🚕 “Taita’s Balacona (Nana’s Balcony) - Cairo Past" “Cairo Taxi” series Oil on Canvas 30" x 20" (76 cm x 51 cm), 2019. #CairoTaxi #Egypt #Reflection #Childhood #Memories “تايتا بالكونا (نانا بلكونة) - كايرو باست” سلسلة تاكسي القاهرة زيت على قماش 30 “× 20” (76 سم × 51 سم) ، 2019. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDTQJYpl79f/?igshid=wqblm8xafvih
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Forgot how much I enjoy #figurative #paintings. Always about... (Fri, 07 Aug 2020)
Forgot how much I enjoy #figurative #paintings. Always about #memory - something we all share… نسيت كم أستمتع باللوحات التصويرية. دائما عن # الذاكرة - شيء نتشاركه جميعا … “Circle (Element)”, 75 cm by 100 cm, Oil on Canvas, 2020. 🌕 “الدائرة (العنصر)” ، 75 سم × 100 سم ، زيت على قماش ، 2020. 🌕 https://www.instagram.com/p/CC3_Asulgqm/?igshid=f4temvw0dnqx
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Just finished painting… Here is a preview - one of my... (Fri, 07 Aug 2020)
Just finished painting… Here is a preview - one of my favourite sections of a new painting. I often wonder if I should share close-up previews first or the full painting for your eyes, and often alternate. This time, here it is. Imagination is a blessing given to #humans ! انتهى لتوه من اللوحة … هنا معاينة - أحد الأقسام المفضلة لدي في لوحة جديدة. غالبًا ما أتساءل عما إذا كان ينبغي عليّ مشاركة معاينات مقرّبة أولاً أو اللوحة الكاملة لعينيك ، وغالبًا ما أتبادلها. هذه المرة ، ها هو ذا. الخيال نعمة تُعطى للبشر! https://www.instagram.com/p/CCzjidbFkJk/?igshid=1xt6cnj4dre7y
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“Circle (Element)”, 75 cm by 100 cm, Oil on Canvas, 2020.... (Fri, 07 Aug 2020)
“Circle (Element)”, 75 cm by 100 cm, Oil on Canvas, 2020. 🌕 “الدائرة (العنصر)” ، 75 سم × 100 سم ، زيت على قماش ، 2020. 🌕 https://www.instagram.com/p/CC07OFelCeZ/?igshid=m77cjgyl8gik
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“Amir / Imagination”, Pen On Paper Drawing, 42 cm by 29.7 cm -... (Fri, 07 Aug 2020)
“Amir / Imagination”, Pen On Paper Drawing, 42 cm by 29.7 cm - a3, 2020. “Timelines” series. #Tutankhamun #Akhenaten #Nefertiti #AncientEgypt #AfricanHistory #Arabic #HistoryOfArt #Timelapse #SeatAtTheTable #Representation #Humans #Wedding “أمير الخيال” ، قلم رسم على ورق ، 42 سم في 29.7 سم - A3 ، 2020. سلسلة “الجداول الزمنية”. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDkSl7nlKSK/?igshid=13g9bec5oa3wr
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It will be a while before… “Timeline (The... (Thu, 23 Jul 2020)
It will be a while before… “Timeline (The Embrace)“, 2017 (140 cm by 40 cm, Charcoal, Ink, and Oil paint on Canvas). I created this picture by looking through my timeline, drawing and painting figures I found…The first of my “Timelines” series of paintings. https://www.instagram.com/p/CC_4oaIF8Nm/?igshid=1miltcgvmuzu9
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The painting from my last post share. So I woke up with a... (Wed, 15 Jul 2020)
The painting from my last post share. So I woke up with a bright idea💡 … I’d love to sell this painting for #AutismAwareness , which is close to my heart. This painting started with a #sensory experience and primary colours, much like the #AutismPuzzle … Eighty percent will go towards the cause. If this sounds good to you, let me know here or on dm and I’ll be happy to deliver (from a distance haha). Below is what I wrote about the painting, when I painted it in March. ☺️ 🧩#muse #artistsupportpledge “Still III", 100 cm by 50 cm, mixed media - Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 2020. The endless possibilities of paint; it’s all about touch. This painting had many possible stopping points… In the end it’s about experimenting with paint to create something new to me. Like great painters in art history who explored painting techniques new to them; I enjoy painting in many different ways and bringing that in to my artworks. Not knowing the starting or end point is more exciting to me and makes the painting more challenging. It’s about the act of painting, the process, the feeling, the exploration. #AbstractExpressionism #ActionPainting #GesturalPainting #DeKooning #JoanMitchell #Richter #Whitten #Kandinsky #Kline #Basquiat #Turner so many #GreatPainters “لا يزال III” ، 100 سم في 50 سم ، وسائط مختلطة - زيت وأكريليك على قماش ، 2020. إمكانيات غير محدودة للطلاء ؛ كل شيء عن اللمس. كان لهذه اللوحة العديد من نقاط التوقف الممكنة … في النهاية يتعلق الأمر بتجربة الطلاء لإنشاء شيء جديد بالنسبة لي. مثل الرسامين العظماء في تاريخ الفن الذين استكشفوا تقنيات الرسم الجديدة لهم ؛ أنا أستمتع بالرسم بعدة طرق مختلفة وأضف ذلك إلى أعمالي الفنية. يعد عدم معرفة نقطة البداية أو النهاية أكثر إثارة بالنسبة لي ويجعل اللوحة أكثر تحديًا. إنه يتعلق بعملية الطلاء ، العملية ، الشعور ، الاستكشاف. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCrCksilxTk/?igshid=97wni0qkkih
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So I woke up with a bright idea💡 … I’d love to sell this... (Wed, 15 Jul 2020)
View this post on Instagram A post shared by mo*star art (@mostarart) on Jul 15, 2020 at 5:51am PDT So I woke up with a bright idea💡 … I’d love to sell this painting for #AutismAwareness , which is close to my heart. This painting started with a #sensory experience and primary colours, much like the #AutismPuzzle … Eighty percent will go towards the cause. If this sounds good to you, let me know here or on dm and I’ll be happy to deliver (from a distance haha). Below is what I wrote about the painting, when I painted it in March. ☺️ 🧩#muse #artistsupportpledge “Still III", 100 cm by 50 cm, mixed media - Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 2020. The endless possibilities of paint; it’s all about touch. This painting had many possible stopping points… In the end it’s about experimenting with paint to create something new to me. Like great painters in art history who explored painting techniques new to them; I enjoy painting in many different ways and bringing that in to my artworks. Not knowing the starting or end point is more exciting to me and makes the painting more challenging. It’s about the act of painting, the process, the feeling, the exploration. #AbstractExpressionism #ActionPainting #GesturalPainting #DeKooning #JoanMitchell #Richter #Whitten #Kandinsky #Kline #Basquiat #Turner so many #GreatPainters “لا يزال III” ، 100 سم في 50 سم ، وسائط مختلطة - زيت وأكريليك على قماش ، 2020. إمكانيات غير محدودة للطلاء ؛ كل شيء عن اللمس. كان لهذه اللوحة العديد من نقاط التوقف الممكنة … في النهاية يتعلق الأمر بتجربة الطلاء لإنشاء شيء جديد بالنسبة لي. مثل الرسامين العظماء في تاريخ الفن الذين استكشفوا تقنيات الرسم الجديدة لهم ؛ أنا أستمتع بالرسم بعدة طرق مختلفة وأضف ذلك إلى أعمالي الفنية. يعد عدم معرفة نقطة البداية أو النهاية أكثر إثارة بالنسبة لي ويجعل اللوحة أكثر تحديًا. إنه يتعلق بعملية الطلاء ، العملية ، الشعور ، الاستكشاف. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCqc-UuFAyl/?igshid=1vvepuqja24ee
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#Thelastpainting I #painted in my #artstudio … ☺️🖼☺️... (Tue, 14 Jul 2020)
#Thelastpainting I #painted in my #artstudio … ☺️🖼☺️ #Seeming #Simplicity … #Balance “Home”, 100 cm by 50 cm, Oil on Canvas, Timelines Series, 2020. #Humans #Home #Train #Trees #Nature #OurCities #Journey #Timelines #wfh https://www.instagram.com/p/CCmapgpF5jR/?igshid=1e1qqvddrbdse
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#Still #months #manymoons #artstudio 🌑 🌒 🌓... (Tue, 14 Jul 2020)
#Still #months #manymoons #artstudio 🌑 🌒 🌓 ☺️ https://www.instagram.com/p/CCmUHcslBDL/?igshid=fypo2lol42zb
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Back to exploring painting soon… 🖼 “Still III", 100... (Sat, 11 Jul 2020)
Back to exploring painting soon… 🖼 “Still III", 100 cm by 50 cm, mixed media - Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 2020. #AbstractExpressionism #ArtHistory #GreatPainters #DeKooning #Kline #Whitten #Richter #Kandinsky #JoanMitchell #Choucair #AlSalahi #VanGogh #Picasso #Rothko #Expressionism #ColourTheory #ActionPainting #TheseAreAFewOfMyFavouriteThings “Still III” ، 100 سم في 50 سم ، وسائط مختلطة - زيت وأكريليك على قماش ، 2020. استكشاف اللوحة … https://www.instagram.com/p/CCfOjE1ljcS/?igshid=10j1926pbvjiw
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I remember this like #yesterday … even if it was many... (Sat, 11 Jul 2020)
I remember this like #yesterday … even if it was many moons ago; the first thing I drew in #lockdown. 🌑 🌒 🌓 My window sill… #StillMyGuitarGentlyWeeps 😅 https://www.instagram.com/p/CCe2_cTFGS8/?igshid=zxgd4gy8ied1
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I’ve always imagined that if I’m ever blessed one day to be a... (Sat, 27 Jun 2020)
I’ve always imagined that if I’m ever blessed one day to be a parent I’ll create a “Painting Wall” for my kids, where they can just draw all over it!😅 I understand from friends who actually have kids, and my beautiful nephew and nieces, that the challenge will be to stop them drawing all over the house…🤣 I can hardly stop myself… On my wall - “Painting History (Now)”, 110 cm by 90 cm, 2018, Oil on Canvas. #NoFilter #Home #ArtStudio #HomeStudio #InteriorDesign ! #PaintingWall #AlternativeParenting #FreedomOfExpression #DrawAsAChildDraws #ChildrenInTheArts #ArtEducation #ArtInquiry #AncientEgypt #HistoryOfArt لطالما كنت أتخيل أنني إذا كنت يومًا ما أنعم بكوني أحد الوالدين ، فسأقوم بإنشاء “جدار الرسم” لأطفالي ، حيث يمكنهم رسم كل شيء!! أفهم من الأصدقاء الذين لديهم أطفال بالفعل ، وابن أخي وأختي الجميل ، أن التحدي سيكون في منعهم من الرسم في جميع أنحاء المنزل … 🤣 لا يمكنني التوقف عن نفسي … على حائطي - “تاريخ الرسم (الآن)” ، 110 سم × 90 سم ، 2018 ، زيت على قماش. https://www.instagram.com/p/CB7s1E6lQDQ/?igshid=is6ge169bgd3
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#Throwback #30years #Liverpool #Egypt #ynwa #turningplateaus... (Fri, 26 Jun 2020)
#Throwback #30years #Liverpool #Egypt #ynwa #turningplateaus #thebeautifulgame #goingtothematch #unapologetic #makeusdream 🎈⏰🎈 “Walk On” (Anfield, Liverpool), 24 by 24 inch, acrylic on canvas, 2016. “Walk On” (أنفيلد ، ليفربول) ، 24 × 24 بوصة ، أكريليك على قماش ، 2016. https://www.instagram.com/p/CB3888EFZMy/?igshid=aa3swk6e256c
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#ThrowbackThursday #MySpace 🖼... (Thu, 25 Jun 2020)
#ThrowbackThursday #MySpace 🖼 https://www.instagram.com/p/CB1-PQVFQYU/?igshid=te748m5hqc7y
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#Throwback … “Red" Timelines series Oil on... (Sun, 21 Jun 2020)
#Throwback … “Red" Timelines series Oil on Canvas 140 cm x 80 cm, 2019. 🔴 “أحمر” سلسلة الجداول الزمنية زيت على قماش 140 سم × 80 سم ، 2019. https://www.instagram.com/p/CBrG-TQlQjQ/?igshid=1nodyrelopkop
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#ThrowbackThursday #reminiscing 🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸 “After Every... (Thu, 11 Jun 2020)
#ThrowbackThursday #reminiscing 🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸 “After Every Failure There Is a Great Success”, Oil and Acrylic on canvas, 100 cm by 70 cm, 2019. From my “Timelines” series, in which I paint images from my timelines. For a few days I’ve been imagining painting a sky combined with my figurative style. And I’ve been thinking of the history of art (and life) - the combination of the more ‘classical’ with the 'expressive’. The title of this painting was inspired by a quote I read the other day on @arabic_learn , and (after painting the sky) it formed a natural horizon line for me - like a balancing point, a kind of harmony. I’m always intrigued by leaving something to the imagination in a painting, and so the words are similarly in a cursive handwriting and somewhat unrecognisable. I’ve never before used whole #Arabic phrases in my paintings, and I don’t 'wholly’ agree with this one… yet, it’s an ideal; a hope to hold on to, and what is left for humans if our hope is taken away from us? #Hope #Humans #Skies #HistoryOfArt is the #HistoryOfPainting #AncientEgypt #EgyptianBlue #Mother #NewBeginnings “بعد كل فشل هناك نجاح ‏عظيم” ، زيت و اكريليك على قماش ، 100 سم في 70 سم ، 2019. من سلسلة “الجداول الزمنية” الخاصة بي ، التي أرسم فيها الصور من الجداول الزمنية الخاصة بي. لبضعة أيام كنت أتخيل رسم سماء مقترنة بأسلوبي المجازي. لقد كنت أفكر في تاريخ الفن (والحياة) - مزيج من “الكلاسيكية” أكثر مع “التعبيرية”. كان عنوان هذه اللوحة مستوحى من الاقتباس الذي قرأته في اليوم الآخر علىarabic_learn ، وشكلت (بعد رسم السماء) خطًا طبيعيًا للأفق - مثل نقطة التوازن ، نوع من الانسجام. أنا دائما مفتون بترك شيء للخيال في لوحة ، وبالتالي فإن الكلمات هي بالمثل في الكتابة اليدوية بخط اليد ولا يمكن التعرف عليها إلى حد ما. لم يسبق لي أن استخدمت عبارات كاملة ‏عربي في رسوماتي ، وأنا لا أتفق مع هذا بشكل كامل … ومع ذلك ، فهو مثالي ؛ أمل في التمسك به ، وما الذي يتبقى للبشر إذا ما أخذ أملنا بعيدًا عنا؟ https://www.instagram.com/p/CBTiHE3lyaq/?igshid=iv1z7vz0xrct
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An archive blog entry, which means a lot...

Visiting Art Studios in Glasgow.

October 20, 2007:
 

"Room by room, picture by picture an image was painted in my mind. Some had larger spaces than others, some more organised spaces…others a collage of mess, spreading itself across the floor as if trying to escape the melancholy of its confined space of forced creativity. Still the pictures insisted on invading my consciousness, some for the wrong reasons altogether. Some were more memorable than others. However each space had a common denominator, a denomination I simply do not have; namely the resident artist had the means and social standing to have captured his den. And the time to practice their craft; though admittedly some seemed to use this gift more thoughtfully than others. Time is a gift that once granted can not be recaptured I reminded myself.

And do any of them have a skill that I do not have. No, rather most seemed to be numbed by a lack of vitality to their work; as if in constant conflict between producing work to please their own selves or to please their audience. A delicate balance, one which every artist struggles with – until they find a part of them that reasons that it is better to produce art that they themselves would like to see hanging on their wall…after all, if the art does not sell at least their home will be decorated to their taste.

Yet most seem trapped by the confines of modern taste. And then there were those that upset even my sensibilities. I mean, it is surely self-indulgent to the extreme to paint metal boards in plain colours and even have the audacity to name them, as if trying to attach a hidden meaning to the “paintings”. These were arranged in a uniform line, outside the artist’s space...presumably to lure viewers in. Rather to lure art lovers in to the false acceptance that this represents a worthy effort to produce “art work”. I felt I should maybe confront the young man in question, but then the sympathy and solidarity I feel to people striving to make a living from what they have a love for held me back. In retrospect it should not have…the man had made a mockery of any true effort other artists make in pursuit of their passion.

I moved on, saddened by what I had seen…yet the general malaise inspired in me the realisation that I could produce work that was more interesting and engaging than most of what I had seen. Suddenly, my work had a new found relevance. And to think some of these artists had a studio space, at the expense of new graduates or seasoned “tryers” – those that would really, truly, appreciate the silent hub this provided.

The previous day I had visited the open exhibition at Project Ability – a dedicated studio for those with mental difficulties. Now there was true inspiration and effort, instigated through suffering. Somehow the art was far more creative and displayed far more vigor, as if seemingly not being aware of, or being able to conform, to conventional social thought processes freed the artists, freed their minds to flow imaginatively past the dullness and sameness of Sunday’s art.

And the work that struck me most was not a painting, rather it was an ordinary wall clock attached to a plain white wall. Ordinary, until I noticed of course it was anything but. Replacing the minute timers were bright red pills, the kind which are cylindrical and as shiny as new buttons, as if offering a shining hope to the sufferer. These were given relevance by the minute timer, which was in fact a needle; used to administer hope to the minds of the mentally disturbed. Maybe art could be seen as their medicine, or at least their release…like an antidote released in their bloodstream. A cure from social exclusion. Suddenly they were accepted into a world where only those who can demonstrate formal training are taken seriously, a world where ordinary passers-by somehow feel compelled to ask the artist where they have studied – as if this somehow frames their enjoyment, or not, of an image. “I studied whilst receiving treatment for mental disorder” is probably not a reply often heard. So Project Ability was able to transcend barriers, and seemingly numb the barriers of pain the artists had undoubtedly suffered in their lives." Mo Negm.