We had the good fortune of connecting with abdellah EL HAITOUT and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi abdellah, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The painter takes with him his childhood and his objects, the painting route is not furnished with roses. And it’s not without magic either, it’s the magic that makes the painting, and the magic is inside, inside us. Yes, what I call the side or the cold part in the painting, its non-intrinsic form, that is to say the technique and process, which we can teach you what process. Then the things that give you a deep breath and a new spirit and a way to feel the universe are personal and subjective things No one can give you that stuff. The miles that we walk is what means we’re healthy and strong, and that’s what I call the flesh of the painting and its inner face, and each of us has it inside. I don’t think about the viewer because you always assume that there is one, when I start painting I don’t know where I ended up or where I can get to, and I am always ready to destroy my work if I don’t like it or not satisfied, also I can’t do a show every time because a new show means there’s something new and it’s something Heavy on me and not possible … because I considers that painting requires a lot of emotion, real feelings ; When we paint, we don’t want to dazzle the audience in the first place. The gallery owner may think of this or curator, but when I paint it is I who should be dazzled or surprised in the first place, remember this is very important, sometimes the painting surprises you with a composition or an illusion or results because I think it’s You want to take a risk, go somewhere other than what you plan or expect, and you just have to surrender to her and follow her footsteps without the slightest resistance, and to that moment i will be very happy like a child. The great paintins make an impact, but they rarely touch the heart. I come from the imagination of a Bedouin culture, I try to be simple and brief, I like this movement on the surface of walls and doors, the surface of the painting, and if it is not found I do it or intentionally intentionally, and the technique of showing and hiding is at the heart of my rural culture, I come from the culture of treasure and of hiding underground Thus, the theme of concealment and superposition to put in value a transparency, is the concept that I try to touch through this unpaved road full of mythical and mysterious
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Painting, which is the path to success, is the same as the path to weakness, only because everything escapes me … being in my complete abstraction weaving the vocabulary of my painting. I do not know and he is unable to do otherwise. It’s what I’m stronger at doing, it’s the weakness in addition it’s painful too, here is the pleasure and the desire to paint, to take it somewhere to make progress, the greatest pain is to not do all that and to stand Helpless so I paint to learn to live so that I learn about life. My great glory is the lightness of my brushes, this total absence of my strength is my own strength, the paint is my shelter and an oxygen pocket, it is also my lifeboat , & my vital force. Listening and learning, Let me explain something to you here, I made a double effort not to be influenced by anyone. And I failed miserably, painting is contagious and art feeds from art, I really learn a lot of work others, to be able to fly like them; because I can shave like them freely. In the end, I concluded: We are all shortcuts for everything we have seen. With age, a painter learns to absorb everything he sees. learns to be silent and be content with silence, paint and tear, paint and repeat the ball, and do not forget the most important: paint and listen. what is painting then! Go without knowing where … Every previous painting is a seed for a new painting. In each new painting, we continue to develop and always complement the previous painting, with each painting projecting you or sending you to another painting. Each previous painting is a seed for a new painting. Empty canvas is empty land, I paint to water the seed. It reminds me here of something heavy that the painter must be content with isolation, contemplation and discovery, the life of painting is really the positive life par excellence. The paint comes from within. In fact, everything comes from us, before, I liked to look at the beautiful painting. Today, when I look at her, I am lost. However, the paint in my head is much softer and more beautiful than the paint I put on the canvas, of course paint is the enemy of boredom and monotony. Yes, the ideas are good, but the painting comes or is found by the act of painting itself
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
the galleries the museum & the fish restaurants on the coast. little itinerary : Chefchaouen – Fes – Marrakech – Essaouira.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
What should I do if I am not painting? I prefer to sit like a sack of cement on a chair in front of my painting. Sometimes I write. Listen, I’m not a writer and I’m not a poet either, I write things only about my painting, the question is contemplative, sometimes I come back to it, it helps me a lot. There is another issue that I consider important, the painter recovers by painting and looking at the painting as well which is a ritual if you can call it that every night when I go to bed I try to see sixty paintings before sleeping. I paint and I will paint again, because I have not yet succeeded in painting it, and I also belive that something is going to happen, I will get it while I paint; But it’s difficult, you work under such a fragile feeling and full of doubts. You know that the painting job is an inner independent job that requires a different spiritual and intellectual approach, a job that depends a lot on good feeling and a strong mood. I think the painter will always be looking to find out how all of this resonates well in the viewer. I like to read about the life of painters in particular, their interviews, their notes and their diaries, I think the most important book that influenced me is the interviews of David Sylvester with Francis Bacon, which was translated by Michel Leiris. I learned from Bacon the rigor of his intellectual and artistic commitment, how to be interested in literature because I think painting also of literature.
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