Mohammad Rawas stands today at the peak of an outstanding artistic career. Those familiar with his work will welcome this volume as a much-needed permanent source of reference, while those encountering the artist for the first time can enjoy a unique introduction to his work in the 160 reproductions presented here. In the accompanying text, the artist himself provides a fascinating insight into his life and work, his compositional techniques and sources of inspiration. A painting by Rawas offers a complex visual and conceptual experience--both compelling and enigmatic, charming yet vigorously challenging. Constructing our own shifting narratives around the diverse elements of his paintings, we also explore the thought processes that led the artist to assemble these particular groups of images to form his original statements.
'Rawas's complex multi-media collages speak to the contemporary experience of fragmentation that is at once universal, and, one suspects, distinctly Middle Eastern. Combining a pop sensibility akin to Warhol, the obsessiveness of Joseph Conell, a visual density echoing Robert Rauschenberg and an acute wit all of his own, Rawas's work is haunting, surprising, and seductive at once.' Helena Reckitt, Director of Exhibitions, Atlanta Contemporary Art Centre 'Open to multiple perspectives, Rawas's works suggest simultaneously both a critique of institutions and linear models of progress and an equally powerful wariness of the belief in nature as an ideal uncontaminated condition.' Fran Lloyd, head of the School of Art & Design History, Kingston University