Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Contemporary Art / Doha - Nejib Belkhodja

Nejib Belkhodja
1933 - 2007
signed and titled on the reverse 
acrylic on canvas
96.5 by 194cm.; 38 by 76 1/4 in.
Executed circa 1982.
Born in 1933, Belkhodja was the son of a Dutch opera singer and a Tunisian aristocrat of Turkish descent. The family lived in the medina of Tunis–a walled city within a city that was home to the rich and influential and often seen as the heartbeat of most North African cities. Even in the face of their multi-cultural backgrounds, Belkhodja’s parents took his Tunisian upbringing very serisously. After his father’s death, Belkhodja’s mother chose to remain in the medina and even converted to Islam herself. Belkhodja studied at the School of Fine Arts in Tunis and continued to live there until the 1960s.  With this upbringing, it is no surprise that the imagery of the medina became integral to Belkhodja’s artwork throughout his life.  More