Nasser Al-Yousif
1940 - 2006
"There is a very strong link between music and photography as both arts are complementary in presenting a pictorial sense of interconnection and competition. If you ask me how, I can give you an extremely important example of genius, Nasser Al-Yousif, a professional Bahraini artist.
"Al-Yousif's paintings are almost like sonic rhythms. Therefore, the loss of sight has not handicapped his ability to run his hands over his paintings and to produce distinctive works which continue to pioneer his own unique style.
"I personally consider Nasser Al-Yousif as the most important Bahraini artist. This is attributed to his shrewd insight which reminds us of very important examples.
"Beethoven's most famous works were produced after he had lost his hearing. The most important products of painter Edgar Degas came after he had lost his sight.
" I feel that Nasser Al-Yousif excels other artists in this respect. If we pause before his work of engraving,” People from My Traditional District”, at the current annual exhibition at the Bahrain National Museum, we are drawn into a spatial vacuum which may be insuperability. At this point, I shall not talk about Al-Yousif's genius but highlight his ability to convert sonic rhythms into visual rhythms".
Extract from a discussion between journalist Mohammed Al-Halwachi and Dr. As'ad Orabi, published in the Bahrain daily Al-Ayyam on 14th February 1999
نفاذ البصيرة في اللوحة
لوحات ناصر اليوسف تكاد تتحول الى ايقاعات صائتة (بمعنىاصدار الصوت) لهذا السبب فإن غياب النظر لديه لم يقم بإعاقته بصرياًبتلمس اللوحة و انتاج آعمال هائلة و مدهشة، لاتزال تتفوق على أي إتجاه آخر في المحترف البحريني.. إنني أعتبر اليوسف أهم فنان بحريني إلى اليوم بسبب نفاذ بصيرته داخل اللوحة و هو ما يذكرنا بأحداث شديدة الأهمية في تاريخ الفن. فأعظم أعمال “بيتهوفن” جائت بعد إصابته بفقدان السمع. و أهم إنتاج الرسام”إدجار يجا” جاءت بعد فقدانه حاسة البصر.
الناقد و الفنان التشكيلي العربي أسعد عرابي
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“Since my early days, the various types of folkloric arts have always made a particular impression on my mind. When I began to express my inner visions through painting, folklore was the light by which I was guided in every line and colour that I have drawn to reveal my thoughts.”
Nasser Al-Yousif
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