A creative journey: Khalid Abdhul Wahid gives art the x-factor
Khalid Abdhul Wahid is known for his 'art of contradictions' (Al Arabiya)
“Art of Contradictions” is what people call his masterpieces. Khalid Abdhul Wahid’s paintings rewarded him of admirers. His paintings are inspired by his wealth of experience.
“I used to draw idle young men, but when there were no volunteers, I looked at the mirror and drew myself,” Wahid said.
The x-factor to his work is that he painted portraits from a solid realistic perspective, and that he worked with a wild imagination. Playful are his techniques; he uses the contrast of light and dark colors and impart a unique dimension to his characters.
“My focus was not centered on the person I was drawing, but on how to enrich the painting with brush strokes, light and shadow.” he emphasized.
Khalil’s journey has many landmarks. He had just came back from Pennsylvania with a degree in Engineering, and recently, justifying his passion for arts, held the post of the Director of Fine Arts Department in Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. Interestingly, in between holding these two positions, he frequented the Art Workshop where he stepped into the realm of Art Video in the company of the famous artist Hassan Sharif.
“We used to have art productions on a daily basis, when we used to shoot our paintings, display them and wade into discussions about them,” said Wahid.
Khalil toyed with brush strokes and valued the impact on the viewers. The warmth of his colors seemed to creep into their souls.
“I derive pleasure from those colors and the strokes in the background. I wish the beholders could share the same feelings,” said the hopeful artist.
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