Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Moroccan Artist Has L.A. Connections

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Moroccan Artist Has L.A. Connections

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MOROCCAN ARTIST HAS L.A. CONNECTIONS ..TX..-The romantic paintings of Salah-Eddine Chaoui can be seen in nearly every permanent exhibition in Morocco, be they in museums, hotels or government offices. He also has participated in exhibitions in Paris, London, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Now he is looking for a gallery in Los Angeles where he visits his son, Abdelouahed, who is studying for a Ph.D. in engineering at the University of Southern California. ..TX..-Chaoui lives in the picturesque inland city of Marrakech, where he has a gallery in his home, and his works are on permanent exhibition at the newly opened Museum of Marrakech. ..TX..-At the age of 18, Chaoui's work was exhibited in Casablanca and caught the attention of master French artist Jean Cottier. The older artist offered the aspiring Moroccan painter a room in which to work and study, but insisted the young man pursue his own naive style. Chaoui says his approach to an has changed over the years. He began with what he calls a "violent" style as he tried to portray on canvas the inequities of life. ..TX..-Whereas at 18 it was difficult for him to accept the poverty and ills that befall mankind, Chaoui says he slowly developed a style of symbolism, a reconciliation with life as it is. This was followed by his "light" phase which has evolved into his current "mystique" period. ..TX..-Chaoui says he has been influenced by the romanticism of William Turner, the impressionism of Céanne and the unique qualities of Picasso. ..TX..-One of his earlier works, entitled "Tragedy of Flooding," was purchased in 1969 in Casablanca by the Greek ambassador to Morocco. The envoy had purchased it as a gift for his then-brother-in-law, Aristotle Onassis. The monumental painting depicted life-size figures fleeing from a flood with water to their knees. "There was a lot of light in the painting from the moon and reflections in the water from the torches carried by the victims," the artist commented. …

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