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It is not far fetched to draw the analogy that Guirguis Lotfy is to Egyptian visual arts what Salah Jahin is to Egyptian poetry. Both possess a rare ability to get to the core of the Egyptian identity and master the art of being close to the people. Their poetry or paintings are of a colloquial, genuine nature yet command a profound effect. Both celebrate Egypt's uniqueness while not shying away from its shortcomings.Describing his artistic process as literally looking out of his window and painting what he sees, Guirguis Lotfy has shown an indefatigable commitment to his country by bringing forth its homogenous character and highlighting the importance of unity and solidarity. Genuinely capturing what it is to be Egyptian, he shows that neither religion nor ideology can tear us apart. In fact, Lotfy is probably the only Egyptian painter who has a work depicting each and every Egyptian feast, celebration, ritual and tradition - be it Pharaonic, Islamic or Coptic.

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  • History may say what it wishes in the name of Egypt. Egypt, for me, is the most beloved and most beau:ful of things.

    I love her when she owns the earth, east and west. And I love her when she is down, wounded in ba=le.

    I love her ercely, gently and with modesty. I hate her and curse her with the passion of the lovesick.

    I leave her and ee down one path, and she remains in another She turns to nd me beside her in misfortune

    My veins pulsa:ng with a thousand tunes and rhythms In the name of Egypt.

    Salah Jahin (1930-1986)

    GUIRGUIS LOTFY - LOVE AFFAIR

  • It is not far fetched to draw the analogy that Guirguis Lo6y is to Egyp9an visual arts what Salah Jahin is to Egyp9an poetry. Both possess a rare ability to get to the core of the Egyp9an iden9ty and master the art of being close to the people. Their poetry or pain9ngs are of a colloquial, genuine nature yet command a profound eect. Both celebrate Egypt's uniqueness while not shying away from its shortcomings.Describing his ar9s9c process as literally looking out of his window and pain9ng what he sees, Guirguis Lo6y has shown an indefa9gable commitment to his country by bringing forth its homogenous character and highligh9ng the importance of unity and solidarity. Genuinely capturing what it is to be Egyp9an, he shows that neither religion nor ideology can tear us apart. In fact, Lo6y is probably the only Egyp9an painter who has a work depic9ng each and every Egyp9an feast, celebra9on, ritual and tradi9on - be it Pharaonic, Islamic or Cop9c. In Love Aair, Lo6y's stunning canvases proudly immortalize our collec9ve cultural iden9ty and draw from our most important common denominator - our popular rituals. Showcasing works from the early 1990s un9l today, Love Aair is a mini-voyage into Lo6y's unparalleled knowledge of these rituals, many of which are s9ll prac9ced in contemporary Egypt; others long forgoPen. His upbringing in a populous neighborhood in Alexandria, that s9ll believes in magic and folkloric legends, is his primary source of inspira9on. His use of beewax or tempera colors dissolved in egg yolk, an ancient elaborate and forgoPen pain9ng technique used in religious iconography and the famed Fayoum portraits almost two millennia ago, is his legacy to resuscitate and pass a pivotal part of Egypt's visual arts history on to future genera9ons. Guirguis Lo6y ensures the transmission of Cop9c art, which simply refers to an iden9ty rather than a religion.

    GUIRGUIS LOTFY - LOVE AFFAIR

  • Born in 1955, Guirguis Lo6y lives and works in Alexandria, Egypt.

    AVer receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Alexandria Faculty of Fine Arts in 1980, Lo6y went on to receive a Masters Degree on Cop9c Pain9ng from the 4th to the 8th Century in 1990. Finally in 1994, he was awarded a PhD on Cop9c Art and its inuence on Modern Art from the Cairo Faculty of Fine Arts. Hamed Owais and Hamed Nada, two of Egypts pivotal modern pioneer ar9sts, were closely involved at dierent stages in the supervision of Lo6ys masters and doctorate degrees respec9vely.

  • A Visit to the Zoo, 2014 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 153 x 153 cm GL - 500

  • Miami Beach, Alexandria, 2014 Oil, egg yolk, tempera, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 153 x 153 cm GL 501 SOLD

  • Montmartre, 1991 Oil, egg yolk, tempera, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 122 x 70 cm GL - 502

  • El Hay Elazi Askon Fi, 2013-14 My Neighborhood Oil, egg yolk, tempera, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 244 x 122 cm GL - 503

  • El Balcona, 2014 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on wood Dimensions: 120 x 77 cm GL 554 SOLD

  • The Fortune Teller and the Lovers, 2014 - Oil, egg yolk, tempera, gold leaf on canvas Dimensions: 120 x 70 cm GL - 505

    SOLD

  • Coee Time with Friends, 2014 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on canvas Dimensions: 120 x 70 cm GL - 542

    SOLD

  • Henna Eve, 2014 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on canvas Dimensions: 120 x 70 cm GL - 543

  • Magic, 2014 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on wood Dimensions: 120 x 77 cm GL - 551

  • Kahk el Eid, 2014 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on wood Dimensions: 120 x 118 cm GL - 552

  • El Sebou3e, CelebraOng Childs Birth, 2014 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on canvas on wood Dimensions: 122 x 80 cm GL 527 SOLD

  • Fi Entezar el Tabib, 2014 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on wood Dimensions: 117 x 101 cm GL - 553

  • Childrens Games, 2013 Oil, egg yolk, tempera, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 60 x 50 cm GL - 506

  • Lady in Pearls, 2009 Bee wax, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 54 x 44 cm GL 507

  • Lady with Red Necklace, 2009 Beewax, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 51 x 31cm GL - 509

  • Lady with Gold Necklace, 2009 Bee wax, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 55 x 30cm GL - 510

  • Woman with Blue Necklace, 2011 Oil, beewax on wood Dimensions: 55 x 32 cm GL - 548

  • Woman with Red Necklace II, 2011 Oil, beewax on wood Dimensions: 42 x 33 cm GL - 549

  • Last Supper, 2013 Oil, egg yolk, tempera, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 60 x 50 cm GL - 511

  • The Holy Family, 2012 Oil, egg yolk, tempera, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 120 x 60 cm GL 513 SOLD

  • Palm Sunday, 2013 Oil, egg yolk, tempera, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 122 x 45 cm GL - 514

  • Mother and Child, 2011 Oil, egg yolk, tempera, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 80 x 30 cm GL 515 SOLD

  • Lady with Fish, 2011 Oil, egg yolk, tempera, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 60 x 25 cm GL 516 SOLD

  • Standing Lady, 2011 Bee wax, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 83 x 45 cm GL 517 SOLD

  • Adam and Eve, 2011 Beewax, oil, tempera, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 67 x 28 cm GL 518 SOLD

  • Three GeneraOons of Women, 2014 Oil, tempera on canvas Dimensions: 62 x 49 cm GL - 544

  • Motherhood, 2011 Oil, beewax, gold leaf on wood Dimensions: 57 x 32 cm GL 545 SOLD

  • Motherhood II, 2011 Oil, beewax, gold leaf on wood Dimensions: 57 x 32 cm GL - 546

  • Lady at the Beach, 2004 Oil, gold leaf on canvas Dimensions: 100 x 70 cm GL - 519

  • Fishermen Story, 2013 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on canvas Dimensions: 152 x 122 cm GL - 520

  • Fisherman Family, 2011-14 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on canvas Dimensions: 120 x 80 cm GL - 521

  • Lover boat, 1999 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on canvas Dimensions: 100 x 80 cm GL - 522

  • Coee Time, 2011 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on canvas Dimensions: 40 x 30 cm GL 523 SOLD

  • Seven cows, 2011 Bee wax, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 85 x 25 cm GL - 525

  • Agabi Fig leaf, 2010 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 181 x 125 cm GL - 528

  • Holding Hands Oil, tempera, gold leaf on treated wood Dimensions: 122 x 70 cm GL - 531

  • Lying woman Beewax on wood Dimensions: 20 x 30cm GL - 533

  • Fishermen with their boat, 2000 Pen on paper Dimensions: 70 x 50 cm GL - 535

  • Boats on the Mediterranean, 2000 Pen on paper Dimensions: 70 x 50 cm GL - 536

  • La Rcolte, 1995 Oil on wood Dimensions: 100 x 70 cm GL 537 SOLD

  • Le Port de Rashid, 1981 Oil on wood Dimensions: 67 x 170cm GL 538 SOLD

  • Su, 2011 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on canvas Dimensions: 70 x 25 cm GL - 541

  • Dinner / El Rizk, 2010 Oil, tempera, gold leaf on wood Dimensions: 50 x 40 cm GL - 547

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