Mahmoud Zein Elabdin

Mahmoud Zein Elabdin, a virtuoso of colour, orchestrates a symphony of dominant reds and blues, interwoven with a spectrum of subtle hues. His art transcends mere aesthetics, delving deep into symbolic realms through his masterful use of colour and evocative figuration, narrating the profound journey of his life. The red in his palette embodies the vast, arid desert of Sudan, his homeland, evoking the essence of life, passion, and vitality. Paradoxically, the blue signifies the Red Sea, symbolizing purity, replenishment, and the harmonious balance between male and female energies.
Mahmoud Zein Elabdin’s work is a rich tapestry of symbolic meaning, where figuration often takes centre stage, reflecting his past and present experiences. His paintings capture the essence of Sudanese hospitality, where villages, devoid of fences, welcome visitors through inviting gates. This openness mirrors his journey and the inclusivity of his art, inviting viewers into a world that transcends physical and cultural boundaries.
Forced to flee Sudan due to the stringent Islamic laws prohibiting figurative art, Elabdin found refuge in Australia in 2001 under the auspices of the United Nations. His arrival in Australia marked a new chapter, where his artistic prowess quickly garnered attention. From his early successes in Khartoum and Cairo, Mahmoud has established himself in Melbourne with six solo exhibitions and numerous joint and group shows. His contributions extend beyond the gallery; as an artist-in-residence, particularly with children in Coburg under Arts Victoria’s Artists in School Program, he has inspired a new generation with his creative vision.
Currently representing Australia at the prestigious Emaar International Art Symposium in Dubai, Elabdin’s international acclaim continues to grow. His paintings captivate with their intricate layering and textured application of colour, drawing the viewer into their symbolic depths. The interplay of under-paint and over-paint creates a harmonious and evocative embrace, resonating as a profound symbol of the self. His work echoes the ethos of traditional Sudanese nomads, who carry their memories and culture with them, encapsulating his past within his future through his art.
As Claire Baddeley, curator at the Australian War Memorial, aptly describes, Mahmoud Zein Elabdin’s work is “thought-provoking.” His inclusion in their prestigious collection is a testament to the enduring impact and significance of his art. Elabdin’s oeuvre invites us to journey with him, exploring the rich, sonorous depths of his experiences and rising with the peaks of his vividly applied colours, leaving an indelible mark on the world of contemporary art.
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It’s a long story but i want to tell you

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 122 x 152.5 cm Signed Lower Right, Titled Verso

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Dwelling

Dwelling With Soul

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 122 x 152.5 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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The Gate

The Gate

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 101.5 x 122 cm Signed Upper Left, Titled Verso

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Forest City

Forest City

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 122 x 152.5 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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Speech

Speech At The Nile River

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 101.5 x 122 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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Going Home

Going Home

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 122 x 101.5 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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Steamer

The Steamer Swung Around On Itself

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 122 x 152.5 cm Signed Lower Right, Titled Verso

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Sanguine

Sanguine

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 152.50 x 122 cm Signed Lower Right, Titled Verso

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Twighlight

Twilight In Paradise

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 120 x 140 cm Signed Lower Left, Titled Verso

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The Path Taken

The Path Taken

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 122 x 101.5 cm Signed Lower Right, Titled Verso

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The Last Feast

The Last Feast

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Linen 122.5 x 152.5 cm Signed and Titled Verso

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Gate

Gate

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 113 x 91.5 cm Signed and Titled Verso

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My Roof

My Roof House

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 122 x 101.5 cm Signed Verso

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A Door

A Door Without Fences

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 120 x 140 cm Signed Lower Right

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Untitled

Untitled

Synthetic Polymer Paint On Canvas 120 x 100 cm Signed Lower Left

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