Opening Reception: Saturday, January 21,
L&M Arts, Los Angeles is pleased to present the Los Angeles debut of Iraqi born, New York
based artist Ahmed Alsoudani. The exhibition will include new paintings, as well as both
large and small scale drawings.
At first glance, Alsoudani’s densely layered, carnivalesque tableaux seem playful with their
bright colors, curious objects, and ornate patterns. However, soon one begins to notice the
ghostly anguish of the faces, disembodied fleshy bits cascading across the canvas. Beseeching
eyes peer out from unexpected places and highways of arteries and tubes course throughout
the picture planes.
Alsoudani was born in Baghdad. While he left his country 15 years ago, his work references
the horrors of that war torn landscape, becoming the echoes, fractured memories and
impressions of what he, and those he left behind, have experienced. But the work is also
more than that, and conveys a much larger sense of social unrest that can be applied globally.
The work also makes many direct and indirect references to art history. His arsenal is deep
and wide, inherited from traditions as far-reaching as Renaissance painting, Surrealism, non-
Western art, early German Expressionism, and beyond.
Drawing is also a large component of Alsoudani’s work, reflected here in the broad display of
works on paper. The artist’s practice is rooted in the act of drawing, and even his canvases
dance between pastel, charcoal, and acrylic. The figures often remain drawn rather than
painted, achieving an ethereal, haunting quality that lays in stark contrast to the brightly
saturated colors that are often found throughout the pictures. This visual tension serves to
make the work more honest, providing moments of both comedy and tragedy, in this way
Ahmed Alsoudani lives and works in New York. In 2008, he received his MFA from the Yale
School of Art in New Haven, CT. He also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and
Sculpture, and in 2004 received his BFA from the Maine College of Art in Portland. He has
had solo exhibitions at Haunch of Venison, London, England in 2011; Robert Goff Gallery,
New York in 2009; a solo booth at Art Dubai, 2009; MEHR Gallery, New York in 2008,
and at Theirry Goldberg, New York in 2007. He has participated in group exhibitions
including the 2011 show Boundaries Obscured at Haunch of Venison in New York; the 54th
Venice Biennale in 2011; La Route de la Soie, The Saatchi Collection, Tri Postal, Lille,
France in 2010, Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, at the Saatchi Gallery in London,
England in 2009; Tonight Forget About Your Houses and Cars, at the Union Gallery in
London, England; in 2008; and Defining a Moment: 25 New York Artists, at House of
Campari, in New York also in 2008.
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