"Beyond the Flood" .. the largest Painting around the world for the First Human Village
After more than 10 years of sincere dedication and creativity, Visual Artist/ Mohammed Haroun has reaped the fruits of his efforts by inaugurating "Beyond the Flood" Exhibition at the Al-Ahram Foundation, the Visual Arts Hall, amid the presence of a group of intellectuals and artists to exhibit the largest painting around the world.
The dimensions of which amount 17 m x 2.5 m, which narrates for the first time the story of our Prophet Noah after surviving the flood, and the new life that he and his companions began.
While his meeting with Fuzed during the exhibition, Artist/ Mohamed Haroun revealed that he began drawing this painting more than 10 years ago, after having found many artists around the world who have made paintings about the story of our Prophet Noah. The paintings depict people, animals and birds standing on the shore to ride the ship, He therefore decided to present something new in his Painting, the story of "Beyond the Flood". It shows the formation of the first village on the planet after getting off the ship.
Haroun continued, "Of course, because it is forbidden to embody the portrait of prophets, I symbolized our Master Noah with transparent light, and his son, Sam, the leader of the march. I chose Sam specifically as he is the father of the Middle East, and as all of us are Semites. Thus, I was keen on embodying the features of people in the Middle East, and including animals and humans in the painting. However, there is no feature or position resembling the other. The painting also narrates human stories, in addition to all potentials of life.
Visual Artist/ Ali Benyamin described “Beyond the Flood” Painting as a symphony painted very carefully. It is a symphony in terms of colors, composition, motion and silence. He pointed out that each part of the painting sings a song reflected in the green color in the two trees that the panorama
begins and ends with, as well as the two giraffes in the middle of the painting that are placed to the painting’s center. This reflects Artist/ Mohamed Haroun awareness of each of his compositions, in addition to the remarkable harmony between motion and drawing, and the sheer amount of detail in this work.
On this new painting, Visual Artist/ Mohamed Desouki commented saying, “I discovered Artist/ Mohamed Haroun more than 20 years ago, and felt that he is enjoys great energy and fertile imagination. Ten years ago, I saw at his home a black and white drawing on a "sketch" paper giving an idea to the story of our Prophet Noah. I told him that the idea can be expanded to accommodate "of each [creature] two mates”. This is what he has worked on over the past years.
"The first feature of this painting is being characterized by large groups of people," according to Desouki statements; "It is not just drawings of a man or a woman, but they are human beings expressing emotions and features of joy, pain and tranquility. Although Mohamed Haroun is an instinctive self-taught artist, he observed all the artistic rules followed by any professional artist, which is deemed to be the second characteristic of this work. This is the result of his sound innate sense, which made him a distinguished visual artist who takes care of the shadow and the light and the combinations between the characters generated by one another inside the painting.
Visual Artist/ Ahmed Abdel-Gawad described his presence to witness this monumental work as "A dream that Artist Mohamed Haroun turned it into a fact, which restores the civilization of the past 7000 years." He praised Haroun's ability to "provide a wonderful and neat work carrying a sense of reality, motion and silence, especially that no man or animal or bird was left but mentioned in a nice story using fabulous colors".