Chaos most dangerous thing in art — painter

Artist Farid Fakhriddin poses in this undated photo. (Photo: Handout from Farid Fakhriddin)
Artist Farid Fakhriddin poses in this undated photo. (Photo: Handout from Farid Fakhriddin)
AMMAN — Farid Fakhriddin's interest in art started early. Born in Nablus in 1958, he moved to Amman at the age of nine, where he taught himself how to paint. His love for learning drove him to hone his artistic skills, and with time, he began to draw inspiration from impressionist and post-impressionist works. اضافة اعلان

Farid Fakhriddin’s Atelier in Jabal Amman. (Photo: Handout from Farid Fakhriddin)

“Post-impressionism is an art movement that arose in the 19th century. It’s considered an extension of impressionism and shares with it bright, clear colors, and … painting subjects from real life,” Farid Fakhriddin said in an interview with Jordan News.

Through experimenting with colors and various techniques, Fakhriddin shaped his own style.

“I've been creating art since I was young, and I've worked on myself for a long time,” he said, adding that the two schools he draws from rely “on different elements from other art schools in terms of colors and methods” and are “considered the basis of modern art.” 

Farid Fakhriddin’s Atelier in Jabal Amman. (Photo: Huda Dabeet/Jordan News)

Fakhriddin told Jordan News that current artistic movements, be they in writing, music, drawing, theater, cinema, or literature, have entered a world of chaos. The artist said that “Contemporary means that I have absolute freedom, but even freedom has limits. If those limits are crossed, chaos enters, and this is the most dangerous thing in art.”

He said that the artist must respect the audience and offer art that advances their culture.

A painting from Fakhriddin’s Tarjamat collection. (Photo: Handout from Farid Fakhriddin)

Fakhriddin utilizes several elements in his paintings, which convey more than one meaning. Palestine, for instance, is often personified as a woman in his paintings. He said that “Without women, generations would not have been raised.”

Fakhriddin stated that this era suffers from a loss of identity, even though each prior period had one. “Some artists resort to old art that has an identity, such as calligraphy, dervishes, and other types of art,” Fakhriddin said. “If a person loses his identity, they enter a state of loss.”

Paintings from Fakhriddin’s Tarjamat collection. (Photo: Handout from Farid Fakhriddin)

Fakhriddin added that he draws inspiration from citizens' daily lives because he is close enough to hear their stories and thoughts. “I get my inspiration from all walks of life, and I interact with people to learn their stories,” he said. “A true artist sees beauty in everything.”

His artworks are also influenced by his life experiences as well as various cultures. Fakhriddin said that all circumstances, whether in Jordan or the Arab world, have had an impact on him, and that this is represented in his work.

Paintings by Fakhriddin. (Photo: Huda Dabeet/Jordan News)

In 2018, he released a solo exhibition titled “Tarjamat”, which includes paintings inspired by the poems of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. The paintings were showcased at the Talal Abu Ghazaleh Knowledge Forum TAG-KF in Amman. Fakhriddin said that the goal of this exhibition was to remind the new generation of our great culture and identity.

(Photo: Huda Dabeet/Jordan News)

The artist’s first solo exhibition took place in the early nineties, while his Eclectic Collection was released in 2014 and 2016. Other collections are displayed in Palestine, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and the United States.

(Photo: Handout from Farid Fakhriddin)

In his own words, "Understanding and admiring art is a rite of passage that enables us to live peacefully and happily even when life is harsh and unfair. Art allows us to rise above the trivial.”

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