This is where time escapes from its laws, where the gates of dreams are wide open, and where great expectations become insignificant and familiar. Strange people move freely trying to come closer to a world of fantasy and mystery. They can express feelings of kindness and compassion and are able to combine sarcasm with fun and fantasy. When body and substance are no longer in control, the painting triggers philosophical discussions and rises to the stage of humanity.
At the beginning of humanity, movement was not hindered by any laws. There was no awareness of substance. Things moved in all directions, and motion became an end by itself.
With a thick line attempting to assert its existence, and agitated forms longing to discover itself by means of this primitive movement, forms such as humans, animals, birds fish and trees are all full of life. Forms bear witness that human imagination is able to materialize only through the spirit of childhood
When I saw those works of art, at the first glance I felt the senses prevail, colors and lines working together unconsciously without bonds responding only to childlike feelings and working in a space of innocence in a children's world.
"Children's Games", Not exactly. In fact not a game in the usual sense. It is an invitation to perceive reality through imagination. This is where Khaled Sorour found himself in a children's theater where the characters are moving in a space of madness. A space where Fantasy overcomes Reality. There is no subject matter; there are only dreams and visions. Characters inside a painting, One or several it doesn't matter. There is a dream in every painting, dreams that materialize by means of a character with all its colours and lines. Here the artist is not only a painter, he is a theater director who chooses movements forms and expressions for every character. His choice of all the elements of this theatrical scene lies outside the realm of Reason, they belong to the logic of fantasy. Characters are inspired from puppets in its grotesque forms which conforms with the artist's vision of this world. Grotesque versus reason, He adopts everything that is unorganized, and frequently carries a philosophical dimension as it contradicts the output of recognized traditional culture
We have in front of us an open theatrical presentation. These dreamlike characters share the principal roles with the elements of nature: The sun, the moon, the trees, the sea, the fish, the animals and the birds. These elements become part of the scene wearing dream garments after getting rid of reality. These characters represent the first innocence preceding the fall into the hardship of logic and rules. Here bodies are freed from the mass that surrounds them, and their defining traits. They become dancing lines where the usual proportions between humans and animals change. Children become bigger than houses and trees, and fish bigger than the sea. It is an inverted image of daily life leading to a state of freedom resembling a theatrical carnival that breaks the traditional theater rules. However the essence of the theatrical process is preserved in every painting, after substituting colors and lines for words.
Furthermore, movement as the basis of acting is kept, along with contours and colors, the primary component of the scene, and rhythm, the essence of the show. All these elements migrated from the theater space to the painting space in an open and silent theatrical show.
Through colors and lines we clearly listen to the language of dreams. There is a music reflected through innocent and dreamy faces representing Khaled Sorour's vision of the world. A vision based on a reformulation of the relationship between man and elements of nature as seen by children revealing a deep understanding of the world. The artist is not presenting a children's world but rather playfulness in its deep sense. The child is the captain of the ship, he catches fish and in turn fish voluntarily reach out to him, while smiling.
Other elements of nature dance expressing their satisfaction. In other scenes trees simulate the action of these puppets/children. The sun shines and seems to confirm what is happening. When the artist represents a child riding her bicycle one feels that one is part of the other. The green color throughout the painting plays the role of the force that controls events. It is a children's theater where dreams play the main role.
Georgeos ShoukryDecember 2014