About Dorian Haqmoun
Dorian studied teaching, and then some years later, art with
the Sicilian painter Beppe Assenza. Dorian worked as a primary and art
teacher in Switzerland, Germany, England, Egypt and Zanzibar. In between Dorian also worked as a copy editor, film
subtitle editor and social therapist with people with learning
difficulties and mental health problems. In England Dorian exhibited at the
October Gallery, the Wigmore Hall, Leighton House, Lauderdale House,
The Actor's Institute, The Economist, Dunvegan Castle and Hoathly Hill Gallery.
In Cairo Dorian Haqmoun painted full time for several years, had one person shows at the
Gezira Art Center, the Center for International Cultural Cooperation,
and participated in group shows such as On a Caravan (an annual group show), The Russian Cultural Center, and the Portrait Gallery.
"My work has been deeply inspired by a trip to Kerala, India in 1993, where I was a student at a winter school for the performing arts for a month. I studied the visual arts while being surrounded by actors, musicians and dancers and watching their performances. From the study of Sanskrit calligraphy, mandalas and tantras I moved to Islamic calligraphy, architecture as well as poetry, painting and music."
recurring theme is the gate. I am deeply drawn to the arches, gates and passages seen
in mosques and other buildings of the Islamic world. The gate
has a deeper meaning for me: it is a passage between an outer and an inner
space, a doorway leading into a world that can only be imagined. The quiet
realm of colour in my paintings is filled with the sound of unheard music."