Overwhelmed by the longing for art and the desire to return to it again after a quarter of a century estrangement, the artist Bahjat Elias Dahoud presented to participate in the international exhibition in Spain, which was hosted by the “Mérendas” Historical Museum in the city of “Medina de Pomar”.
The exhibition, in which 79 artists from different schools, generations and international artistic experiences participated, was designed and prepared by the Syrian artist and critic residing in Spain, Abdel Qader Al-Khalil, with the aim of acquaintance between the participating artists, exchanging views and introducing the art of the East in the West, and providing the opportunity for artists who are unable to organize individual exhibitions within international galleries to Show their work.
Regarding his work participating in the exhibition, Ben Dahoud told SANA that he presented a painting in which he combined oil and acrylic colors on canvas measuring 102 by 78 cm, and implemented it through his own style of dealing and his own experiments in technique and color processing.
Dahoud divided the painting into two parts, one of which is a child and an old man looking forward to the wreckage of destruction and fire over their beautiful lives and past, while the second part is covered by blazing fire and burning a small bicycle.
The expatriate artist in Canada since 1998 finds that art is a message of love and peace spread by artists, as they were explaining that the goal of his painting is to restore the smile of children stolen by the war on our country, indicating that he did not have experiences and a wide presence in exhibitions and this is his second experience after participating in a major international exhibition I live in Egypt.
Dahoud says, "I did not learn in art schools and institutes, and I am not an academic artist, but an artist by nature and talent. I completely abandoned painting more than 24 years ago, after traveling to Canada for work conditions. I owe my thanks for my return to the international critic and artist, Abdul Qader Al-Khalil, who encouraged me to return to practicing fine art." After seeing some of my old works.”
Regarding his favorite subjects, the son of al-Hasakah governorate indicates that he paints from its natural environment rich in heritage. He said, “I paint the river, the field, the orchard, the shepherd and his flock. From this environment, I paint in my exile what makes me happy first and then for the recipient. .