Paths of Light

Paths of Light: A solo exhibition by the Algerian artist Abdallah Khaled. Originating from the Petite Kabylie, a region in northern Algeria steeped in Berber language and culture., Khaled's paintings incorporate ancestral symbols such as the cow, the bull, the bison, the horse, warriors, women, spears, clubs, forks, mud huts and the walls of ancient cities; depicting the rich and varied indigenous cultures of North Africa, the flavours of his homeland, the scent of the desert, the colours of the Atlas Mountains, as well as the instinctive abstract expressionist and graffitist mark of contemporary ‘western’ artistic culture. Showcasing a series of acrylic and oil paintings on canvas that revolve around the themes of light, colour, energy, landscapes, the Mediterranean, memory, movement, people, land, harmony and peace, Khaled further deepens his study by using colours and materials rather than placing emphasis on drawing. Light is above all cromia and has a life of its own which follows its destiny, whilst colour becomes a means of expression which spans from figuration to abstraction.​ Taking place 17-25 November, 2016 at the Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE​.