Khaled Sorour:Blending the realistic, the subjective, the dramatic, and the aesthetic
Khaled Sorour is known for creating harmony between visual language and artistic expression. This is mainly attributed to the blending of his real life experiences and his personal feelings in a way that preserves the visual and aesthetic value of the final product. Sorour has the ability to liberate himself from reality through dreamy and romantic brush strokes that highlight his imaginative powers and reflect a sense of wonder. He creates of the surface of his paintings an expansive, rich space that renders each work into a poem that manages to diversify lucidly conveyed meanings. Contemplating his works feels as though looking in a mirror, which underlines the complicated mission he took upon himself. By doing so, Sorour forces viewers to stand for long in front of his paintings as they listen to the stories each one tells, allowing themselves to be taken away from the hustle and bustle of real life to those quiet moments in which meditation and clarity of mind are made possible.
In his exhibition entitled “Birds’ Dreams”, Sorour depicts simple dreams that get lost amid the distractions of everyday life. Summoning back childhood innocence, each work features one of those dreams that were made far-fetched through a dramatic visual language that harmoniously merges between characters, figures, and symbols. The result is an aesthetic composition that reflects the control the artist exercises on his surfaces and his outstanding ability at endowing the harshness of reality with the dreaminess of imagination, hence combining actual experience with subjective vision.
The world of Khaled Sorour can be described through Henri Matisse’s words: “What I am after, above all, is expression… and I am unable to distinguish between the feeling I have for life and my way of expressing it.” Sorour’s works reflect his character and feelings while his topics remain universal, hence representing the principles of Expressionism. Through these principles, he rebels against societies dominated by false morals and views the universe as an extension to the artist’s soul. This brings to mind Franz Marc’s view of Art as a form of expression that does not in any way aim at promoting particular beliefs or ideologies, but rather focuses on reflecting the feelings of the artist in the way he/she chooses.
Sorour’s creative experience is characterized by the combination of three personalities in one: the realistic, the subjective, and the objective. He sees that his role is to express the mental and spiritual images he sees and merge them in a visually harmonious composition that both his mind and emotions take part in shaping.
Once again, Sorour invites us to celebrate a new collection which would have involved a great deal of suffering during the creation process, yet would manage to inspire hope and joy.