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Human Figure Painting - Hope by Safa Al-Rubaye

Hope is a painting by Safa Al-Rubaye which was uploaded on July 6th, 2012.

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great concept - love it v

A great painting Safa - wonderful imagination - Dave - V/F

I like your painting - very interesting & original -voted/ faved

Intriguing CFC round 10. Voted

Unique!!! V



Safa, Great painting with some interesting twist and turns. I see the subject holding possibly a rose in the right hand which is alive while the flower in the left hand seems to be dead and the subject seems to be looking more at life then the dead. The next step is the door at the top of the hill where he will have to make a decision. Excellent painting. Voted

Safa, you have raised in me a new interest in surrealism. Even though established for nearly a century as an entirely serious genre, until now I have mostly thought the movement to fluctuate between pseudo-psychological pretentiousness and the facetiousness of of intellectuals disdainful of psychoanalytical theory. You are beginning to convince me otherwise. Your images are complex, loaded with explicit as well as suggested meaning and powerfully narrative. Your painting style is direct and very controlled yet I am not convinced that the message is primarily the by-product of the super-ego. The red bloom is without leaf or thorn and extended from the right hand silhouetted by the reality beyond the door. The eyes and nose of the human subject are inverted perhaps yielding conflicted data. The figure is naked and male by all appearances except the obvious. There is a gash or wound on the left abdominal area; it is deep enough for the left hand to be fully concealed by it. Beyond the doorway it is gloomy with clouds that are perhaps lit by moonlight or are filtering the sun down to broad siver linings. This side of the opening the ambient light is soft and reveals a verdant landscape beneath a baby blue firmament swaddled in the softest of white cloud. There is a strong suggestion of a golden passageway or illuminated path extending from the distant horizon line and entering this side from that other. The title whether Hope or Hope of Hopeless is the key. The figure, against the evidence of his senses, confidently persists in holding onto the evidence of things unseen. This painting addresses a fundamental question of our existence. We dream, we reach out beyond that which we can easily touch, see and smell as somehow inadequate to explain the phenomenon. We are conscious of our own consciousness and that it could be gone as quickly as it arrived; brief, brilliant bloom and in an instant no more. Is there hope for the hopeless? What is it? Who is it? Where is it? V, W

Without reading your blog, Safa, I see a last and final glimmer of hope in the offering of the rose. So interesting and thought-provoking...Voted!

Very beautiful surreal painting that has a deep meaning and concept that can interpreted according each viewer..V+F)

Very interesting painting! voted

Intriguing and thought provoking. The rose appears to be lighting the path, Has he just come in from the colorless world, or is he about to depart to it? Yet the path is definitely lit from one to the other.

interesting painting...v


I love surreal art! Really a thought provoking concept Safa! v

Safa, I see clear skies and living greenery where the individual stands. The living flower in right hand is held higher than the dead plant in the left hand. Therefore life is regarded more importantly than death. The other image would represent a thought pattern of dark gloomy clouds and a barren path with no meaning. And to further evaluate the individual is wearing a frown with upside down features regard the vision and smell senses. A lot of emotional confusion. Sometimes the answer is clear right in front of us, then we over think the entire situation. V

Safa, Your work is very unique and thought giving. I read your blog. I think this person has hope he just needs to take the first step forward and towards hope and it will reach out to him.... like the door will just open and he can take a new path. Voted

Just the fact that he's holding a bloom, and waiting to see what the option might be behind the door... says to me that no-matter the despair, one can hold out for something better... I think it relates to our choices in life and whether their good or bad, and what kind of things or doors open to us because of our choices... This man is a little deformed and torn, like we are living is a world of sin... holding on to only the rose, like we hold onto our faith, many doors of darkness are wide open to us daily, we can choose not to pass through to the darker side an to hold on stead fast to our faith that we soon will be given a perfect form in a world of perfection.... I'm sorry that I'm babbling on, I feel that there's allot that can be read into this. Voted!

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