Arab Scholars
This painting depicts a group of philosophers debating a point. I deliberately corrupted the paint surface and aged it to resemble a deteriorating mural. The inscription above the figures quotes a traditional Arab adage that I love: “A pen in the hands of an unlearned one is nothing more than a wooden spindle.” That superscript was happily added to the canvas at my request by the renowned Palestinian artist Kamal Bullatta. I am grateful to him for the gorgeous gift of his classical calligraphy.
Oils on stretched canvas 24” x 36”