Hassan Musa: the artist's stamp at Brunei Gallery
This exhibition features Hassan Musa’s small-scale works: Mail/Post Art, prints and books alongside four of his better-known, complex textile paintings. It provides an overview of his prolific, varied, critical and often satirical art practice that is staggering in its range and energy while at the same time rather intimate.
The embellished envelopes are “free art”, which arrive unsolicited in the regular post to delight those along the way and the recipient; the genre developed in the 1960’s as part of anti-establishment efforts of Pop Art. Hassan Musa (b. 1951, Sudan; lives and works in France) is a brilliant ‘bricoleur’ in how he assimilates and transforms images from differing visual cultures: western, Islamic and African art and in how he makes his own images; the range of his fine handwork includes calligraphy, stitchery, collage amongst other techniques.