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

Links

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

AOL5900667: Moggy, 2017, (pastel), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5900668: Daisy, 2017, (pastel), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5900669: Foxgloves, 2012, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5900670: Pink Roses, 2016, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5900672: Polar Bear, 2015, (pastel), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5900676: Pot of Marigolds, 2014, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5900677: Waterlillies, 2012, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901743: Wide eyed Owl, 2012, (watercolour), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901744: Lion, 2013, (watercolour), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901745: Angus, 2013, (pastel), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901751: Aries, 2013, (pastel), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901756: Badgers in the Moonlight, 2014, (pastel), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901758: Barn Owl, 2013, (pastel), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901759: Rooster, 2011, (watercolour), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901760: Crazy Horse, 2016, (pastel), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901761: Doe with Fawn, 2014, (pastel), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901762: Elephant and Calf, 2014, (watercolour), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901763: Koala, 2013, (pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901764: Orangutan, 2016, (pastel), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901765: Swan on Lake, 2014, (pastel), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901766: Tiger, 2013, (pastel), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901767: Fox in the Brambles, 2011, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901768: Still life with Cactus, 2014, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901769: Dove of Peace, 2018, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901770: Nightwatch, 2011, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901781: Still life with Roses, 2014, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901783: Sunflowers, 2016, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901784: Red Roses, 2016, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901789: Still life with Sunshine, 2014, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901790: The Marines, 2012, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901791: Willows, 2011, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901792: Yellow Roses, 2016, (linocut), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901793: Asiatic Lion, 2015, (acrylic), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901801: Horse Chestnut leaf, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901814: Conker, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901815: Pine Spray 1, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901816: Pine Spray 2, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901817: Pine Cone Study, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901818: Pumpkin study, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901819: Rose 1, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901820: Rose 3, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901821: Rose 4, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901822: Rose 5, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901823: Rose 6, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901824: Rose 7, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901825: Rose 2, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901826: Strawberry 1, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901827: Strawberry 2, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901828: Strawberry 3, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901829: Strawberry 5, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901830: Strawberry leaves, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901831: Strawberry 4, 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901832: Waterlillies 2013, (coloured pencil), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901848: Wheatfield, 2015, (oil on plywood), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901849: Stone Pines 3, 2017, (oil on plywood), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Blue basket of Apples, 2008, (oil on plywood)
Blue basket of Apples, 2008, (oil on plywood)

AOL5901853: Blue basket of Apples, 2008, (oil on plywood), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901855: Blazing Glory 1, 2017, (oil on canvas), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901862: Golden Fields 1, 2017, (oil on plywood), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Lake with Blue and Pink 3, 2017, (oil on plywood)
Lake with Blue and Pink 3, 2017, (oil on plywood)

AOL5901867: Lake with Blue and Pink 3, 2017, (oil on plywood), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901870: Lavender, 2015, (oil on panel), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Still life with Leeks, 2010, (oil on plywood)
Still life with Leeks, 2010, (oil on plywood)

AOL5901884: Still life with Leeks, 2010, (oil on plywood), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901887: Sunflower Heads 3, 2017, (oil on canvas), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901890: Tiger 2, 2014, (gouache on paper), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901894: Vase of Roses 2, 2017, oil on canvas, Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901897: English Sunset, 2016, (oil on panel), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901907: Amsterdam, 2008, (oil on plywood), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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

AOL5901911: Hayfield, 2014, (oil on plywood), Khouja, Faisal / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images


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