Finding that perfect painting or sketch to finally complete your home’s décor can be a tedious process. Whether your taste takes a classical route or you’re going for a modern, funky edge, purchasing an art piece that perfectly suites your style is a significant decision that must be handled with care.
Al Kahila Art Gallery, the latest showroom to open in Mohandiseen, exhibits recent collections from both local and international artists. The gallery’s location on Batal Ahmed Abdel Aziz Street is slightly tucked away and easily missed; so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for their humble garden-lit entrance.
Once inside, you’ll see the gallery is simply laid out, containing a few small rooms alongside the main showroom with plenty of space for multi-perspective viewing. The lighting is tastefully positioned, drawing the viewer’s eye to the individual pieces that line the spacious white walls. A thorough walk around is recommended to gain a feel for each collection.
A few collections of by well-known Egyptian artists are currently being shown, with mediums ranging from pen or ink sketches to oil paintings and mixed media compositions. The gallery stocks paintings and caricatures by acclaimed artist George Bahgoury, though not the political cartoons that people have raved about since Nasser ’s era. Pieces start at around 3000LE (look out for his caricature of the Mona Lisa) and if there is trouble locating a specific one, ask the assistant to view others, which are presently being stored in the basement.
While Bahgoury’s pieces are bound to bring up a little nostalgia for anyone involved in the local art scene, the paintings and mixed media by Ahmed Sakr are fresh, innovative and inspiring. One piece in particular automatically catches the eye; it is composed of bright, bold hues and layered with antique train tickets that date back to the 1970s. With each ticket, a detailed face is painted, keeping the piece alive and new. The 7000LE-price tag may seem a bit steep; but this piece is definitely one of a kind and the perfect size to fill a small area at home.
Other notable pieces include an oil painting of Nubian musicians in motion by Abdel Fattah El Badri, and a large oil painting of upward-turned, heart-shaped faces against a gold-leaf background by George Lotfi. Farouk Wagdi’s watercolour of a peasant woman and her child uses delicate pastel colours to frame the woman’s figure, while Fairouz Samir’s silhouettes of a woman’s back are both haunting and sensual.
The gallery also has jewellery on display by local artisans ranging from 50LE up to 300LE, including dainty silver-leafed earrings to stone-pendant necklaces; perfect for a personalised gift or a last minute pick-me-up.
If you want to take a browse around or interested in adding some value to your art collection; stop by Al Kahila and you won’t be disappointed.