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"Arabesque" on Levant TV - interview at the Black Books exhibition, Westminster Central Library London 2014

 

"The Paint Factory" mural in Dalston London, covered by BBC Arabic. 2013

 

Interview is in Arabic but a similar text interview can be read here:

"An Egyptian Muralist in East London" by Colin Cafferty

"Orientophobia" on BBC Arabic(in Arabic) - you can see the May 2013 Orientophobia exhibition in detail.

 

 

BBC London Calling: Dalston BBC documentary about East London, features Nazir at 2:58min into the film. 2012

 

PRESS ARTICLES

Nazir Tanbouli: Mural Master | CairoScene |02/09/2013

Interview in CairoScene
"While street art has become the the medium du jour here in Egypt, one Alexandrian has taken his talent across the world. We chat with the award-winning Nazir Tanbouli about creating the biggest mural London has seen and the problem with Egyptian art."

"Nazir Tanbouli, painter" in Spitalfields Life by The Gentle Author @thegentleauthor with photographs by Simon Mooney

"On our walk, Nazir reserved his fondest affection for a painting in ink on concrete, a dynamic medium which permitted no error or correction and produced an absorbency of line not unlike ink on paper. He stood next to the wall, almost caressing it."

Megan Conery, "The King's Land Road Mural" in Distorted UK @DistortedArts

"Spend a few minutes with Tanbouli and you will find that there is a level of excitement, passion and joy in his voice and demeanour when he discusses this project."

Celia Topping, "Monster Smash" in Time Out London

"Tanbouli’s monsters, with their gangly arms reaching across the walkways and balconies of the flats, were an instant hit."

Celia Topping, "Monster Mash" in Brown Book: An urban guide to the middle east

"He states totem poles as one of his key influences. 'You make them, and leave them; you don’t own them and you don’t sell them. I see my function as an artist to create something beautiful for the local community and environment; unfortunately, this concept doesn’t really exist in today’s art world, it’s too materialistic.' "

Lee Nathan Bofkin, Nazir Tanbouli and The Kingsland Mural Project in Global Street Art

"Nazir’s art gives a sense of a fairytale story, with cheeky characters popping up in unexpected corners."

Judith Palmer, "The cat that dreamed in black and white"

"Subverting traditional expectations, surprising reversals take place: and, in the arms of a woman, we watch the fearsome-looking crocodile wrestled into a puppy-dog bundle of squealing vulnerability. Tanbouli invites us to witness the pangs of becoming animal: a voyage into the underworld of self that mirrors the creative process."

Yussuf Limmoud, "When drawing becomes the identity of its creator"”

"The line turns and returns within the composition: not so much telling a story as, rather, exciting the imagination of the viewer through symbolism. This symbolism opens up a space that doesn’t belong to any particular geography, yet is inhabited by an “Eastern memory” that has echoes of Persian art, with its detailed extravaganza, like a rich visual feast. These are mature, thoughtful images, with maximum power of expression."

"Private Nightmares" review A-N 2008

"Jodorowsky meets Los Caprichos"

nazir tanbouli interview"Art and Life" Interview with Nazir Tanbouli
(originally featured in AXIS online)

"I do what I do every day for the last 30 + years. I draw every day. Just the chances are different, the places are different, the projects that my drawings might be involved in change, but the only things that does not change is that every day I sit at the table and draw."

The King's Land in Metamute 04/2012

" Tanbouli is an artist who is acutely aware of tradition, and also of the need to challenge it."

nazir tanbouli demontfort hall

Other

Short Article for Petrie Museum of Egyptology, London [pdf]

Guest curator for the Petrie Collection

"This vase is my answer to all those who might accuse me of “copying Picasso.” Ilove Picasso, but this style comes naturally to me. You could label any orther artist a Picasso-wannabe, but when it comes to Egyptian artists, we are merely revisiting ourcultural heritage – which Picasso obviously studied – when creating similar objects."

Nazir Tanbouli: Constructed Mythologies (Milton Keynes Contemporary) 2008
by Judith Palmer (Author), thecentre:mk (Author)
ISBN-10: 0955773733
ISBN-13: 978-0955773730

 

Nazir Tanbouli Contemporary Art