Rockford Art Museum

Rockford, IL



Ben Mahmoud: A Retrospective


Ben Mahmoud, a recently retired professor from Northern Illinois University, brought his work to Rockford Art Museum on September 18, 1999. Ben Mahmoud: A Retrospective will be on display until November 28, 1999.

This exhibit features a very diverse collection of 23 paintings that trace Mahmoud's artistic development during his 30-year track at N.I.U. Mahmoud's style and technique have changed drastically throughout the years. The exhibition showcases his growth and development as an artist.

This exhibit is designed to intrigue and entice the viewer. Mahmoud's pieces force the audience to look past the object that is in front of them and search for a deeper meaning. "His work is left open to interpretation," explains Curator Scott Snyder "There is not one clear meaning from each painting. He uses realistic images; however the unique placement of each object leads the audience to wonder about the true meaning of the piece."

Mahmoud received his Professional Certificate from Columbus Art School in 1957. In 1958 he earned his bachelors of fine arts and in 1960 he received his masters of fine arts from Ohio University. He moved to Illinois in August of 1965 and began teaching at N.I.U.

His works have been shown in more than 300 invitational and competitive exhibitions. His pieces have also been featured in more than 40 solo exhibitions and his works are present in more than 30 permanent, public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Illinois State Museum.

Images from top to bottom: Volvens Per Nocturm Plurima (Many Are Returned in the Night), 1995, acrylic with leaf on panels, 52 x 70 inches; In Omnia Nos Crederimus (We Will Believe in Anything), 1997, acrylic with leaf on panels, 64 x 46 inches; Within/Without, acrylic with leaf on panels, 36 x 50 inches.

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