Faisal Khouja is a Painter and Printmaker with a unique style of work which can seem deceptively simple at first but is, in fact, quite involved, intricate and sensitive. In his work, consisting predominantly of expressive Oil Paintings and bold Linocuts, Faisal seeks to create evocative, uplifting and highly coloured pieces which truly lift the soul.
Subject matter is, more often than not, traditional, in line with the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists of yesteryear. But his expressive techniques are anything but traditional. Faisal will often use methodologies such as syringing, finger-painting and heavy impasto with a blade to invoke a more “Primal” feeling to the artwork. However he is equally at home with brushes for the finer details. Aesthetically, compositional balance and finding and championing the natural patterns and “rhythm” of the Natural World is key. The over-arching aim is always to be as expressive and original as possible with the paint or the ink as the artwork evolves organically.
Faisal started Painting after a long illness lead him to give up his job as a professional photographer. Being bed-bound for many months he would dream up bright and colourful pictures in his mind’s eye, an art therapy of sorts, and promised himself that, when he recovered he would dedicate his life to bringing these “memory paintings” to life and to generally endeavour to create positive work with the sole criteria being to try to make people feel uplifted when in the presence of the artwork.
It could be tempting to overlook the work as being purely decorative and not serious enough. In fact Faisal could not be happier than to leave the “conceptual work” to Art school graduates and concentrate on creating artwork saturated with optimism and hope in a World that surely needs more joyful, uplifting Art.