Studies » Tarik Shareef
Director of fine Arts, The Ministry of Culture


Walid Izzat is unanimously regarded as Syria s pioneer of watercolor art, and is internationally recognized for his radiant artistic talent and originality.

The importance of Walid Izzat' s heritage does not emanate from temporal accumulation and long endeavor, for his life was as short as a flashing glimpse.

Yet, his 10 year journey with watercolors was distinguished by a succession of trials and transformations through which he was able was able to develop the expressional potentials of watercolors, until he created a distinguished style of his own.

Walid Izzat' s artistic heritage follows a logical and balanced sequence in its development. His early works were limited to luminous sensations of forms, drawing surfaces and tracing light reflections, and presenting his themes with an accuracy that was close to that of oil colors.

He established a dialogue with nature, capturing the first impression that nature gave him, in direct similarity to what lmpressionists had done in their revolt aginst 'the art of ateliers'.

It appears that this stage was of great consequence for Walid Izzat, who maniqulated watercolors in such a manner as to serve his purpose.

He then quickly abandoned this medium and started searching into the inner world of his subjects. He realized that appearances are in direct communication with the inner world, and that together they form the world of mankind.

Walid Izzat enriched his experience by using "motion-colors", dipping his drawing sheets in water before or after drawing on them. Colors became free from all boundaries, and they intermixed to reflect the artist's removal from the stage of "photographic" realistic recording into what he called "the advanced" realistic stage.
Colors became Walid Izzat's most important concern and the tool of expression that he cherished. Color spots could be seen scattered across his drawings in an amazing spontaneity, and his subjects turned into fields of colors.

Walid Izzat had discovered the secret of watercolors, for he perceived that a simple touch of color was capable of creating the most significant of impressions.
An important features that was later to distinguish Walid Izzat's art was his coloring of shades, which were to take up individual colors that reflected their surroundings according to the concept of "color contrast".
So the shadow of green was red, and the shadow of yellow was violet.
      The artist never mixed colors on his palette,but allowed them to intermix directly on the drawing sheet itself, so that you could see red and blue independently,,and see violet resulting from their intermix. With this distinctive style, colors retained their character and vividness, and drawings were seen reflecting a deep sensation of color transparency.

Walid Izzat's most extraordinary and final accomplishment was his venturing into the Epic of Gilgamesh. He approached it from an unprecedented perspective, relying on harmoniously merging myth with reality. He had finally proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that his unique style was capable of expressing mythical, dramatic and humane topics.

Walid Izzat was an innovative artist who possessed the ability of renewal, who loved aet and with it he soared very hiqh and scored unparalleled triumphs. His life resembled that of mythical heroes. It is also the story of a heart that throbs with life, liveliness and activity, and then it suddenly stopped and was no more.


 
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