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 Adam Henein  (1929 - )

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Lived/Active: Egypt      Known for: painting and sculpture

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Ever since he modeled a figure of Ramses II at the age of eight ? in 1937 ? Egyptian sculptor Adam Henein has been refining and perfecting his distinct artistic practice, invoking such disparate reference points as Western Modernism, ancient Egyptian symbolism and formal tradition, spiritual and poetic awareness and a deep-rooted sense of minimalism. Henein's work is characteristically minimal and calm. He returns time and again to overriding themes that have filtered deep into his fertile core over the decades from the world around him and his deep awareness and reverence for historical symbolism and cultural signifies of Egyptian history. Having worked with a diversity of materials he references pyramids, obelisks, kings and hieroglyphs to birds, boats and prayer. Henein, who today manages a museum of his work, has long been attracted to natural history in his works and this stunningly simple and expressive abstracted bronze sculpture of a cockerel demonstrates beautifully, the typically firm, clean lines that have made him a globally-acclaimed name. The lines and balanced structure invoke a sense of completeness and unity, Henein capturing through his Modernist depiction of the bird, its quintessence, character and spirit. An intriguing digression from his most-commonly seen stone 'Pharaonic' works, here, Henein articulates a lifetime of sculpture and experimentation in one beautifully minimal form. Henein studied Sculpture at the School of Fine Arts in Cairo during the early 1950s before undertaking further training in Munich and Paris, where he lived until 1996. Since returning to Egypt, Henein has established himself as an elder statesman of Arab Modern art, founding an annual International Sculpture Symposium in Aswan. Henein's work has been collected worldwide and has been seen in Egypt, the Arab world, Europe, and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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