Blessing in disguise
Galerie ERD, Seoul, SK
May 2024

This new selection of works combines figurative elements with hints of abstraction. Concrete lines cut through the canvas or subjects, as little pockets of life’s chapters, to highlight the power of persistence through a more simplified aesthetic. In others, chaotic drips of colour challenge the soft strokes of acrylic, alluding to unforeseen hurdles that may come your way. These paintings weave reality and deception, hinting at the need for perseverance so that the illusion of misfortune is in the end overshadowed by triumph.

The use of ink was a deliberate choice; its uncertain characteristic lends itself to being  the perfect medium for embracing imperfections and unpredictability, which Ibrahim was eager to explore. The artist intended to concede control and let the ink create its own path, a stark contrast to his familiar uniform strokes of acrylic paint. With less texture and the glowing hues of ink taking prominence, these new works are gently punctuated with a new signature.

Tomorrow, never far away, (2024)
Acrylic on canvas, 120x90cm/48x36in

JP Adams, (2024)
Acrylic on canvas, 90x120cm/36x48in

Treasure trove, (2024)
Acrylic on canvas, 50x30cm/19x12in

Ocho Rios, (2024)
Acrylic on canvas, 50x70cm/19x27in

Embrace, (2024)
Acrylic on canvas, 100x75cm/39x29in

Sugar Rush, (2024)
Acrylic on canvas, 40x30cm/15.7x12in

Pockets of surprise (2024)
Acrylic on canvas, 30x30cm/12x12in

In search of thoughts, (2024)                                                                                
Acrylic on canvas, 40x30cm/15.7x12in                                                             

Bleeding roses, (2024)
Acrylic on canvas, 40x30cm/15.7x12in