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Transmutation III

Artist:
Basil Alkazzi (Kuwaiti, born 1938)
Date:
1991
Medium:
Gouache on paper
Dimensions:
30 x 21 5/8in. (76.2 x 54.9cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Ronald A. Kuchta, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.264.3
Not on view
Basil Alkazzi studied at the Central School of Art in London and went on to live in multiple Western cities. Throughout, he has maintained a core sense of the spiritual and metaphysical in his work. His abstract images and symbols of nature are often inspired by a search for the sacred and the meaning of life. He paints dreamlike nightscapes, landscapes, and representations of cosmic space. The double triangle reoccurs in his later work, one denoting the body with its base on earth and reaching upward toward the heavens, the other symbolizing the soul based in the heavens and pointing earthward to support the body. In 1986, Alkazzi established the Basil H. Alkazzi Foundation Awards at the Royal College of Art London and in 1987 he founded the Basil H. Alkazzi Award for young and emerging U.S. painters.
Inscription: Inscribed (verso): F/F
the artist, London (from 1991; sold to Kuchta); Ronald A. Kuchta, New York (until 1996; his gift to MMA)

Max Wykes-Joyce. Basil Alkazzi–New Seasons: Recent Works 1989–1993. St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, [1993], colorpl. 10, calls it "Transmutations...III".



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