A collective exhibition showcasing landscape and scenery works by artists from three different generations of Jordanian art opened on Monday 15 October at Nabad Art Gallery in Amman, featuring artists Fuad Mimi, Ammar Khammash and Hani Alqam.  

Autumnal hues take over the space with shades of red, yellow and brown, each work coming from the artist’s distinct perspective. Mimi and Khammash’s romantic abstract landscapes are contrasted with some of Alqam’s harsher lines representing Amman’s cityscapes.  

The title of the exhibition Sacred Harvest, however, eludes to more than the fall that has fallen this time of year, according to artist Ammar Khammash.

Ammar Khammash painting from Sacred Harvest
The name also comes from the fact that we’ve been working on our collections for around a year or so, and now it’s time to reap what we have sewn in a metaphorical sense.  -Khammash

The exhibition invited visitors to explore works by the three artists throughout the gallery, instead of curating a separate section assigned to each participating artist.

Fuad Mimi painting from Sacred Harvest

According to gallery co-owner Mona Deeb, this was intentional. Deeb said:

The works had to be mixed. It makes it all the more interesting coming in as a viewer and seeing how similar the artists are.
Of course, they differ in style and technique and each artist has his own identity, however you cannot deny that there is similar spirit within their work. -Deeb

In individual interviews with artmejo, the artists acknowledged that there is a level of inspiration that they draw from each other being represented in their work.  

Hani Alqam painting from Sacred Harvest

Artist Hani Alqam said:

The art genes spread, and I feel like the genes of the works that belong to each of us has been inadvertently influenced by each other.”
You feel like there has been a sequence from Mimi’s generation onto Khammash’s and on to my own, and vice versa. Our styles feed off of each other.
I believe that art comes as an accumulation of things that one has been experiencing and things one has been seeing in life ever since their early stages as infants.   
Ammar Khammash painting from Sacred Harvest

Khammash also believes that the common grounds that the artists share within the surroundings they live in have led to the work showcased at the ongoing exhibition.  

The resemblance you see among the works didn’t come by chance and it wasn’t haphazard – it comes as a result of three artists living in the same city leading to an intersection of thought and practice. So when we hung the works up we hung them up as if the three of us were one individual artist. -Khammash

When it comes to each artist’s technique and creative habits, there is no doubt that each artist has a different approach to a canvas and each fin inspiration in .

Fuad Mimi painting from Sacred Harvest

Artist Fuad Mimi for instance, whose work tinkers between the impressionist and the expressionist schools of art, draws inspiration from day to day interactions.

I am inspired by people, I am very sensitive to people’s stories and experiences, every conversation influences me and my work deeply. Landscapes and nature of course have very huge influence on me and my work, but exchanges with people remains my main inspiration. -Mimi
Hani Alqam painting from Sacred Harvest

On the other hand, Alqam finds inspiration in solitude surrounded by the hustle and bustle of downtown Al Balad.

My work is extremely personal. I feel like I am writing my own diaries and the diaries of my city Amman through painting. The city to me is extremely harsh yet tender at the same time – the harsh concrete is juxtaposed with the simplicity and the compassion of the inhabitants inside its spaces, and that is represented in my work. -Alqam

Sacred Harvest is ongoing at Nabad Art Gallery on Rainbow Street, Jabal Amman until November 7, 2018.

All images courtesy of Nabad Art Gallery