Primitive Forces Out Of Africa. Mahmoud Zein Elabdin is a master of beguiling colours, of dominant reds and blues abiding with a range of subtle hues. His work is also symbolically rich through his use of colour and gestures of figuration, referring to past and present experiences of his journey. Granted refugee status by the united Nations, he entered Australia in 2001, soon making an impact through his art and endeavours. He is presently representing Australia at the Emaar International Art Symposium in Dubai.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY “Thought provoking work.” Claire Baddeley, curator, Australian War Memorial, which has included Mahmoud in its prestigious collection. “An artist who definitely has a future here (Australia),” George Negus, formerly of the ABC’s George Negus Tonight, September, 2004. “A master of beguiling colour.” David Thomas, Fine Arts Consultant, 2005 “A well-known and established Sudanese artist.” Claire Baddeley, Australian War Memorial, 2006. “Mahmoud has achieved in five years in Australia what he couldn’t in 32 in Sudan.” Herald Sun arts writer Harbant Gill, May 17, 2006 “Mahmoud Zein Elabdin paid a high price for his art”, The Age features writer, Chris Beck, 29 October, 2005