When I first heard about the Big Blue, I imagined the sea.

To be exact the moment when I was free-diving, and I was absorbing the beauty of the dark blue water beneath me, and the light blue water above me.  A moment that just left me feeling like I’m in a blue magical void. The magic that came from the broken sunlight on the water’s surface.

Jacaranda Images exhibited a wide variety of blue paintings and prints, and as their usual, they brought in a mixture of local and international artists ranging from Wedad Al Nasser to Pablo Picasso. Meanwhile, beautiful Jazz and Blues music was performed live by local musicians Robert Hairabedian and Laith El Essi.

Margarita Sieradzki, Malmo, Giclee Print

Walking into the exhibition the first thing that caught my -and I believe everyone else’s- eyes was the big painting entitled Malmo, (Giclee print) by the Swedish artist Margarita Sieradzki: A vertical painting, white background, with huge dark blue circles invading the space. One circle at the top and a bigger one at the bottom, both surrounded by spontaneous blue brush strokes. It could have been the combination of size and the dark shade of blue in the circles, but somehow, this painting took me to a dark blue void feeling. It’s like it allows its viewer to take a deep dive into its own mystery.  I just stood there for a little while gazing at it trying to comprehend the overwhelming weird feeling that embodied me. I moved away to check the other pieces, but, it kept dragging my eyes right back into the deep blue void as if I didn’t have my closure.

Victor Vasarely, Csca II, Silkscreen 

Three pieces hang next to it, one on the right and two above each other on the left. The one on the right was a print of Csca II by the French/Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely (1906-1997), a silkscreen made of blue, silver, and green geometric shapes. A compelling illusions of spatial depth. It was definitely interesting to look at.

Rafa Al Nasiri

An etching on the top left by the Iraqi artist Rafa Al Nasiri (1940-2013) broke the theme of the abstract work on that wall with its calligraphy. But in its own way, the writing in the piece contained a special abstract element in its incomprehensibility.  

Hana Saudi, Sweet Heart, Giclee print
Nouri AlRawi, Untitled,  Monoprint

Moving away from the entrance area to the bigger room to find a kind of different blue theme; the wall on the right had more detailed work, and more guest colors, sort to speak. Sweet Heart by the Jordanian artist Hana Saudi A Giclee print inspired by mandalas and the Islamic spiritual art: A circle that had smaller circles inside, and each one had different patterns and colors, kind of like a crazy trippy cornea. 

An untitled monoprint by the Iraqi artist Nouri Al Rawi (1925-2014) wasan abstract of an ancient house design. This one was absolutely beautiful, I felt like I was watching some ancient family’s story unfold. Jacaranda Images described Al Rawi‘s work as:

Merging representation and abstraction: poetic depictions of Iraq’s natural and urban landscapes draw on personal experience and memory… he instills a dreamlike quality in his paintings through distilled colors and textures.
Fadi Haddadin, Acrylic on Paper

An absolutely mesmerizing horizontal Acrylic on Paper work by the Jordanian artist Fadi Haddadin welcomed me next: white background, many spontaneous brush strokes and about eleven circles. The number of mysteries or stories in it was really exciting. My eyes were jumping from different places to see faces, creatures, dancers, fighters, and lovers. One can never get tired or bored with looking at it. It felt like all of these characters are swamped with blue wind or water, or something that is as chaotic as life.

There’s a certain energy in Haddadin’s’ work which evokes emotions by way of veiling something that the painting demands to be veiled, in disobedience even to the will of the artist himself.

-Jacaranda Images

Jacaranda curated a fine opening night. The blue-hued artwork and the music that played got me floating from one art piece to the next. Make sure to catch this cool-hued summer show that runs through September 14th. 

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All images courtesy of Jacaranda Images.