Thursday, May 7, 2009

Self portrait

Acrylic on canvas 2007-2008(120cm/91cm).
There's a LOT to say about this painting but I'm not going to do so. I like the idea that any work should be able to speak for itself and words aren't the best way to communicate what's beyond the obvious. It isn't always the case though. Sometimes a bit of context sheds a certain light that is necessary to fully apprehend the work. Not here. Not today! It stirs too much pain!
My hopes are that someone is going to take it away from me which would be the best way to stop me from fiddling endlessly with it. Also, my hopes are that it stays in the family.


Blogger From Belgium with love said...

absolutely amazing.

fantabulous palette !

May 13, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Anonymous xavier ghazi said...

Thank you FBwl. It's a pleasure from Belgium, a country that I visited on many occasions when I was living in Paris..

May 15, 2009 at 1:30 AM  
Anonymous xavier ghazi said...

A pleasure to HEAR from Belgium..

May 15, 2009 at 1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I most intemetly did indeed enjoy this exhibition. The style is so particulor and indicative of a refined style tha you have created. I am most interested to keep exploring this medium of yours. Happy painting ...yours sincerely rk

May 16, 2009 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger xavier ghazi said...

Thank you rk...Most appreciated..I'll be trying to update as much as I can...

May 17, 2009 at 4:10 AM  
Blogger Francesca said...

Love your work. This is brilliant.

November 22, 2010 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger xavier ghazi said...

Thanks Francesca..When one knows one's self, it can only show better..

November 25, 2010 at 12:33 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

How could someone take it away from you?

December 24, 2010 at 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I donno Molly..Grabbing it and running..It took me years to get to this point with it and as long as it's in my possession I keep retouching it to keep up with my evolving(devolving?) face and figure.


December 30, 2010 at 9:11 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

TO me this painting "screams" fortitude and tenacity. Someone who looks to the past (or struggle in genral)not with remorse, nor regret, but the strength and rigor of an individual who has overcame and/or embraced the ills[?]-personal and/or collective-of the certian experiences. Also seems to me that verious struggles have "manifested" a particular "hardness" of character. Maybe I'm wrong and just "projecting" my own traits on to the painting....Btw its Nick Polverino from FB ;-)

November 10, 2011 at 5:46 AM  
Blogger xavier ghazi said...

Thanks Nick..Long time no see! Glad to see you here! Missed you on Fb. No longer there?
Well there's certainly a bit of that and much more that is hard to pin down or identify but in the end it's an artist having a hard look at himself in the mirror, feeling a mixture of self pity, pride, arrogance,resignation, humiliation and many other difficult to describe things and transcribing them with paint. It wasn't easy and I'm not ready to go through anything like this any time soon..

November 10, 2011 at 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

I deactivated my account as it was too much of a distraction (discussion boards ect.). I'll probably be comming back by June the latest.... As I was dissatisfied with my own works I felt it necessary to go back to square one and relearn (or learn) everything I knew, or thought I knew. Im starting to focus heavily on sculpture as well (the basics clay, soap, pasteline, ect.) and thus have been studying various sculpture books, and I must say I've learned more about drawing from sculpting books than I have from, Hogarth, Loomis, Bridgman, Hale and so on....Strange in a way but it make sense as all the figurative arts share a definitive, yet at times highly inconspicuous, relationship. Anyways I could certiantly understand the sensitive, ambigous, and in-depth nature of a self-portriate of this nature, whether it be inconsideration to yourself or the observer. Although I haven't done any self-portraits worthy of display such as this one it's sort of like an "objective," and subliminal confession of ones flaws as well as strenghts (hence the term "objecive"...both sides of the story ect.). In my opinion it requires alot of courage to do somthing as such.

November 11, 2011 at 7:04 AM  
Anonymous Nick said...

BTW Whenever you have a chance please do let the FB cummunity know I gave them my greetings, and so on.... Out of curiosity (I may have asked you this before) have you ever heard of Micheal Mentler aka 'The Bone Doctor'??

November 11, 2011 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger xavier ghazi said...

I will tell them Nick. Thanks for commenting. It's great to hear that you're exploring another medium such as sculpture. I couldn't agree more on what you're saying. It often comes during discussions that we talk about "sculpting" while painting which roughly means putting more emphasis on the basic 3d structure of an object or subject. So there you go and you couldn't better approach painting than looking with a sculptor eye.
Another thing. Please feel free to write to me privately using this email, I'd be happy to hear from you regularly:

November 12, 2011 at 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Nick said...

Excellent! Thanks for the email...perhaps I'll be able to email you some works for the puropse of critiques ect... And yes as I understand it all the "O.M.'s" approached both painting ang drawing as if it was sculpture, eg. start with large masses and "carve" in the details ect., via values/tones, once the basic structure is established; this is especially true of Mr. Da Vinci's sfumato (again as I understand it). Anyways will talk to you soon ;-). Just in case my email is

November 13, 2011 at 7:27 AM  

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