Project Description

Mimouni El Houssaïne

Mimouni El Houssaïne lives and teaches fine art in Montpellier, although he travels constantly between the two Mediterranean shores of Morocco and Europe. These constant coming and goings are reflected on his canvases in a game of symbols, spattered written texts and horizons in perspective. El Houssaïne’s work weaves the intricate dialect of yearning for other shores, spurned on by the desire to leave, to return, or simply to dream of being in a different place. He explains, “yearning for the other shore, is a translation of my thoughts of returning to my country, going back to my roots. It also symbolizes a return to the light, so very unique to Africa”.

In his works, the many crossings are represented by means of recurring symbols such as canoes, bundles of sticks or ladders reaching for the sky. Painting, collage, materials and text are combined in a score etched in the heart of one for whom the quest for the invisible seems more irrepressible than ever. Each curve is a meditation, the slightest trace a search towards an elevated state of mind susceptible of reaching the sky. Taking inspiration from his travels, but also from music, Tuareg sounds, Flamenco and Sufi music, El Houssaïne’s work is layered with lyrical symbolisms. Timeless landscapes, graphic writing and splashes of colour are open to imagination, peppered with forms and shapes that verge between drawing and speech. The works hold no human figure, but the features of humanity are delicately outlined in every detail.

Mimouni El Houssaïne | Eclectica Contemporary | Art Gallery | Cape Town

Untitled
2019
Mixed media on paper
69 x 114 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Untitled 2017 Mixed media on paper 70 x 50 cm

Untitled
2017
Mixed media on paper
70 x 50 cm

Blooming
2017
Mixed media on paper
70 x 100 cm

Letter to Lucy
2019
Mixed media on paper
102 x 72 cm

The Calligrapher’s Tear
2018
Mixed media and collage on paper
67.5 x 108 cm

Seeds of Lives
2019
Mixed media on paper
96.5 x 70 cm

Talisman
2019
Mixed media on paper
102 x 72 cm

Cosmic Message
2019
Mixed media and collage on paper
102 x 72 cm

Epistolary Music
2019
Mixed media on paper
70 x 50 cm

Prehistoric Relics
2019
Mixed media on paper
102 x 72 cm

Effervescence
2019
Mixed media and collage on paper
102 x 72 cm

Untitled
2017
Mixed media on paper
70 x 111 cm

Letter to my Mother
2017
Mixed media on paper
69.5 x 114 cm

Mataki’s Dream
2019
Mixed media on paper
102 x 72 cm

Untitled
2018
Mixed media on paper
49.5 x 70 cm

Untitled
2018
Mixed media and collage on paper
65 x 50 cm

Untitled
2018
Mixed media and collage on paper
65 x 50 cm

Untitled
2018
Mixed media and collage on paper
65 x 50 cm