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ALLEN SMUTYLO - “Morocco” Recent Mixed Media Works

October 14 to November 19, 2016
   
  Opening Friday October 14, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
 
  Morocco - 2015/16

On the north-west corner of the African continent sits the Kingdom of Morocco. It is a country that is partly European, partly Berber and Arab, partly African, modern yet ancestral with a fascinating contrast of divergent cultures, climates and geography.

Although a stones-throw from southern Spain, it is wholly Islamic and deeply traditional. Moroccans trace their past deep into Arab ancestry or back to the ancient Berber tribes. In the latter part of the 1880s and early 1900s France and Spain carved up Morocco in large zones of influence. Although the colonization has ended, the legacy of occupation of Morocco is still apparent. 

With its independence in 1956 the country came under the governance of a constitutional monarchy. Its current king, Mohammed VI, like his father, is said to be the direct descendent of the Prophet Mohammed. And although there is an elected legislature, Mohammed VI retains executive power over Morocco’s government and people.

I went to Morocco in the spring of 2015 with Intrepid Travel who specializes in guiding small ten-person groups. Our itinerary covered a wide geographical range and cultural interests that took us to the coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlas, Rif Mountains and the Sahara Desert.

Our travels included: the picturesque town of Chefchaouen, with its intensely blue washed walls; Marrakesh, with its huge market square and exquisite Majorelle Garden; Fez and its medieval tannery and traditional mosaic and ceramic artisans; the ancient desert town of Ait Benhaddou, the locale for shooting numerous films including Gladiator; the frontier town of M’ Hamid on the edge of the Sahara and the jumping off point for caravans, camels and desert camps; the bustling fishing port of Essaouira with its multitude of blue painted wooden boats; Volubilis’s extensive hill-top Roman ruins; the isolated village of Imlil, deep in the High Atlas Mountains; the sea-side promenade of Tangier; and the old medina and souks of Casablanca.
 
Artwork Featured in this Exhibit:  (View Artist Biography)

Allen Smutylo
"Berber Culture", 2015
mixed media on paper, 26 x 21.5 in.,
     

Allen Smutylo
"Burka", 2016
mixed media on paper, 11 x 21 in.,
     

Allen Smutylo
"Casablanca", 2015
mixed media on paper, 21.5 x 24 in.
     

Allen Smutylo
"Chauwara Tannery Fez #2", 2015
mixed media on paper, 14 x 21 in.
     

Allen Smutylo
"Chefchaouen", 2016
mixed media on paper, 14 x 21 in.
     

Allen Smutylo
"Chouwara Tannery Fez #1", 2016
watercolour on paper,14x21 in.,
     

Allen Smutylo
"Desert Edge", 2015
mixed media on paper, 14 x 10.5 in.,
     

Allen Smutylo
"Dry Dock, Essaquira", 2016
watercolour on paper, 14 x 21.5 in.,
     

Allen Smutylo
"Essaquira #1", 2016
watercolour on paper, 10.5 x 14 in.,
     

Allen Smutylo
"Essaquira #2", 2016
watercolour on paper, 10.5 x 14 in.
     

Allen Smutylo
"Majorelle Garden", 2015
watercolour on paper, 14 x 10.5 in.,
     

Allen Smutylo
"Man with Snakes", 2016
mixed media on paper, 20 x 14 in.,
     

Allen Smutylo
"Market Square, Marakesh #1", 2015
mixed media on paper, 10.5 x 14 in.,
     

Allen Smutylo
"Market Square, Marakesh #2", 2015
mixed media on paper, 14.5 x 21 in.,
     

Allen Smutylo
"Market Square, Marakesh #3", 2016
mixed media on paper,13.5 x 21.5 in.
     

Allen Smutylo
"Moroccan", 2015
mine media on paper, 14 x 21.5 in.
     

Allen Smutylo
"Morocco", 2015
mixed media on paper, 14 x 21.5 in.
     

Allen Smutylo
"Night fall", 2016
watercolour, 14x10.5 in.
     

Allen Smutylo
"Rabat", 2015
watercolour on paper, 10.5 x 14 in.,
     

Allen Smutylo
"Tangier", 2015
watercolour on paper, 10.5 x 14 in.
     

Allen Smutylo
"You Like Buy Jewelery", 2015
mixed media on paper, 13.5 x 21 in.,
     
 

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