Khouja, Faisal

Bio

Faisal Khouja is a Painter and Printmaker with a unique style of work which can seem deceptively simple at first but is, in fact, quite involved, intricate and sensitive. In his work, which consists mainly oil paintings and original Linocuts, Faisal seeks to create evocative, uplifting and highly coloured pieces which truly lift the soul.

Subject matter is, more often than not, traditional, in line with the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists of yesteryear. But his expressive techniques are anything but traditional. Faisal will often use methodologies such as syringing, finger-painting and heavy impasto with a blade and to invoke a more “Primal” feeling to the artwork. However he is equally at home with brushes for the finer details. The Linocuts are gouged out expressively, often seeking to enhance the geometry found in the Natural World. As many as 5 separate colour plates are used to achieve the final hand print which is executed using a traditional Letterpress or an etching press. Aesthetically, compositional balance and finding and championing the natural patterns and “rhythm” of the Natural World is key. The over-arching aim is always to be as expressive and original as possible with the paint or the ink as the artwork evolves organically.

Faisal started Painting and Printmaking after a long illness lead him to give up his job as a professional photographer. Being bed-bound for many months he would dream up bright and colourful pictures in his mind’s eye, an art therapy of sorts, and promised himself that, when he recovered he would dedicate his life to bringing these “memory pictures” to life and to generally endeavour to create positive work with the principal criteria being to try to make people feel uplifted when in the presence of the artwork.

Exhibitions

  • 2018 The Rythym of Nature, Corinium Museum

Education

  • 1998 Art Foundation, Central Saint Martins
  • 2018 Ma Printmaking, University of the West of England

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Moggy, 2017, (pastel)
Moggy, 2017, (pastel)

AOL5900667: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Daisy, 2017, (pastel)
Daisy, 2017, (pastel)

AOL5900668: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Foxgloves, 2012, (linocut)
Foxgloves, 2012, (linocut)

AOL5900669: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Pink Roses, 2016, (linocut)
Pink Roses, 2016, (linocut)

AOL5900670: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Polar Bear, 2015, (pastel)
Polar Bear, 2015, (pastel)

AOL5900672: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Pot of Marigolds, 2014, (linocut)
Pot of Marigolds, 2014, (linocut)

AOL5900676: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Waterlillies, 2012, (linocut)
Waterlillies, 2012, (linocut)

AOL5900677: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Wide eyed Owl, 2012, (watercolour)
Wide eyed Owl, 2012, (watercolour)

AOL5901743: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Lion, 2013, (watercolour)
Lion, 2013, (watercolour)

AOL5901744: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Angus, 2013, (pastel)
Angus, 2013, (pastel)

AOL5901745: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Aries, 2013, (pastel)
Aries, 2013, (pastel)

AOL5901751: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Badgers in the Moonlight, 2014, (pastel)
Badgers in the Moonlight, 2014, (pastel)

AOL5901756: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Barn Owl, 2013, (pastel)
Barn Owl, 2013, (pastel)

AOL5901758: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Rooster, 2011, (watercolour)
Rooster, 2011, (watercolour)

AOL5901759: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Crazy Horse, 2016, (pastel)
Crazy Horse, 2016, (pastel)

AOL5901760: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Doe with Fawn, 2014, (pastel)
Doe with Fawn, 2014, (pastel)

AOL5901761: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Elephant and Calf, 2014, (watercolour)
Elephant and Calf, 2014, (watercolour)

AOL5901762: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Koala, 2013, (pencil)
Koala, 2013, (pencil)

AOL5901763: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Orangutan, 2016, (pastel)
Orangutan, 2016, (pastel)

AOL5901764: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Swan on Lake, 2014, (pastel)
Swan on Lake, 2014, (pastel)

AOL5901765: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Tiger, 2013, (pastel)
Tiger, 2013, (pastel)

AOL5901766: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Fox in the Brambles, 2011, (linocut)
Fox in the Brambles, 2011, (linocut)

AOL5901767: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Still life with Cactus, 2014, (linocut)
Still life with Cactus, 2014, (linocut)

AOL5901768: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Dove of Peace, 2018, (linocut)
Dove of Peace, 2018, (linocut)

AOL5901769: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Nightwatch, 2011, (linocut)
Nightwatch, 2011, (linocut)

AOL5901770: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Still life with Roses, 2014, (linocut)
Still life with Roses, 2014, (linocut)

AOL5901781: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Sunflowers, 2016, (linocut)
Sunflowers, 2016, (linocut)

AOL5901783: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Red Roses, 2016, (linocut)
Red Roses, 2016, (linocut)

AOL5901784: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Still life with Sunshine, 2014, (linocut)
Still life with Sunshine, 2014, (linocut)

AOL5901789: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

The Marines, 2012, (linocut)
The Marines, 2012, (linocut)

AOL5901790: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Willows, 2011, (linocut)
Willows, 2011, (linocut)

AOL5901791: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Yellow Roses, 2016, (linocut)
Yellow Roses, 2016, (linocut)

AOL5901792: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Asiatic Lion, 2015, (acrylic)
Asiatic Lion, 2015, (acrylic)

AOL5901793: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Horse Chestnut leaf, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Horse Chestnut leaf, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901801: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Conker, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Conker, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901814: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Pine Spray 1, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Pine Spray 1, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901815: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Pine Spray 2, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Pine Spray 2, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901816: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Pine Cone Study, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Pine Cone Study, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901817: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Pumpkin study, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Pumpkin study, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901818: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Rose 1, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Rose 1, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901819: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Rose 3, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Rose 3, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901820: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Rose 4, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Rose 4, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901821: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Rose 5, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Rose 5, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901822: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Rose 6, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Rose 6, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901823: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Rose 7, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Rose 7, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901824: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Rose 2, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Rose 2, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901825: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Strawberry 1, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Strawberry 1, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901826: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Strawberry 2, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Strawberry 2, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901827: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Strawberry 3, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Strawberry 3, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901828: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Strawberry 5, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Strawberry 5, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901829: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Strawberry leaves, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Strawberry leaves, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901830: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Strawberry 4, 2013, (coloured pencil)
Strawberry 4, 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901831: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Waterlillies 2013, (coloured pencil)
Waterlillies 2013, (coloured pencil)

AOL5901832: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Wheatfield, 2015, (oil on plywood)
Wheatfield, 2015, (oil on plywood)

AOL5901848: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Stone Pines 3, 2017, (oil on plywood)
Stone Pines 3, 2017, (oil on plywood)

AOL5901849: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Blazing Glory 1, 2017, (oil on canvas)
Blazing Glory 1, 2017, (oil on canvas)

AOL5901855: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Golden Fields 1, 2017, (oil on plywood)
Golden Fields 1, 2017, (oil on plywood)

AOL5901862: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Lavender, 2015, (oil on panel)
Lavender, 2015, (oil on panel)

AOL5901870: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Sunflower Heads 3, 2017, (oil on canvas)
Sunflower Heads 3, 2017, (oil on canvas)

AOL5901887: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Tiger 2, 2014, (gouache on paper)
Tiger 2, 2014, (gouache on paper)

AOL5901890: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Vase of Roses 2, 2017, oil on canvas
Vase of Roses 2, 2017, oil on canvas

AOL5901894: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

English Sunset, 2016, (oil on panel)
English Sunset, 2016, (oil on panel)

AOL5901897: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Amsterdam, 2008, (oil on plywood)
Amsterdam, 2008, (oil on plywood)

AOL5901907: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images

Hayfield, 2014, (oil on plywood)
Hayfield, 2014, (oil on plywood)

AOL5901911: © Faisal Khouja / Bridgeman Images


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