Nazir Tanbouli

Biography: I spent the first 30 years of my life in Alexandria, Egypt where I was taught to paint and draw by my uncle, Egyptian painter Ibrahim Tanbouli, from the tender age of 2 years old. I started formal education in art and design in 1989 for 5 years. I studied many things which I've rarely practised, such as interior design, theatrical scenography and costume design; yet they all helped to shape my work as painter and draftsman. Over the last 10 years, I work principally in Drawing, Painting and Mural art. I moved from Alexandria to the UK in 2002. I completed an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts, London, focusing on screen printing and book art. Artist statement: If you are looking for a conceptual artist I'm not the man you are looking for. My work comes through an eastern awareness of the artistic process as a process focused on inward examination and inward development, on art as a “personal philosophical territory.” Therefore I'm interested in Jung's notion of archetypes and collective unconscious, as I find this to be the pathway to creating artwork that communicates to an international, cosmopolitan audience I often find my inspiration within narrative literature. Jonah inside the whale becomes Estragon waiting for Godot, and they are the man in my painting, who is a representation of both me and you. Visit my website: My blog on read full statement

Location London