In “Fouad Mimi: Two trees in Harmony”, the exhibition which is being held now in the Cultural Foundation, visitors are invited to look at the artworks of Jordanian artist Fouad Mimi from the 70’s to the present. Presented in chronological order, the 35 paintings let one see how Mimi’s art practice has changed over an extended period of his career.
Mimi’s main source of inspiration has always been the Jordanian natural landscape and its distinctive architectural features, although in his art he also explores the theme of everyday life. From the stylistic perspective, Mimi leans towards impressionism and abstraction. Being a great colourist, the artist uses impressionist brushstrokes and bold palette which, however, can be considered expressionistic. In Efrend Majdoubeh’s opinion, when looking at Mimi’s paintings, the first color to stand out is green: this colour is “[…] [a] thread connecting [the artist’s] paintings, symbolizing harmony, balance, and growth”. Another notable feature inherent to Mimi’s art style is particular attentiveness to details.
Fouad Mimi (born in Lydda, 1949) is an artist, a television producer, and a director. He graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, with an advanced Fine Art degree. His works have been featured in numerous exhibitions in Jordan and abroad and can be found in the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts and in private collections in France, Italy, the UK, the USA, Canada, and several Arab countries.
Mimi studied television production and directing at the BBC in London, in Europe, and the USA. In 1976, he produced the documentary “Arabic Calligraphy” and won the First Golden Crown Prize for Film and Television at the Casablanca Festival, Morocco. In 1986, he worked with HM Queen Noor and produced television documentaries (for example, Facts about Jordan) promoting tourism and social development in Jordan. Mimi also worked in fashion design and taught Art at the Sisters of Nazareth School, Amman.
The exhibition is open to the public until the 2nd of February, 2023, and is free to attend. To get more information about it, please visit its official web page.
You might also be interested in visiting the exhibition “Impressionism: Pathways to Modernity” in Louvre Abu Dhabi.