The Center of Civilization
I was inspired by the architecture and the decoration of (Damascus, Granada, Alhambra, Aleppo and Cairo) and I have spent an inordinate amount of time laboring over this painting to make it unique and cover as much as I could, from all the art of that period in addition to my own tough.
So I took the architectural elements from Spain (Granada & Alhambra) and from the whole Middle East (Damascus, Aleppo and Cairo) and put all together in one big subject
I have modified the elements and the dimensions to accommodate all my ideas and to complete my subject.
The painting style is mainly realism with little of surrealism which is my typical style that I would like to call”Fantasy realism”
I wanted through this painting the viewer to have the feeling being in the center of the artwork looking around with 180 degree, like in 3D view.
I used the water and the plants (the two main sources of life) in addition to what I consider the most beautiful human made architecture to complete my subject.
The 4 gates are the main subjects that present our heritage and civilizations
The galaxies in the ceiling symbolize our existence in the universe, while the day light and the night in the ceiling symbolize the time.
The ship symbolizes the journey through Europe, which results in creating the wonderful architecture in Spain.
The mosaics in the upper level are typical for the Islamic art in the 7 th and 8 th century, while the mosaic and decoration in the lower level are typical for the period from 9 th to 12 th century