St. Botolph Club
Getting There: New Paintings by Ibrahim Ali-Salaam
May 27, 2015 - July 13, 2015
Opening Reception Wednesday, May 27, 2015
5:30 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Ibrahim Ali-Salaam, born in Boston, a 2001 Diploma graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and who lives and works in Boston. Expressionists like Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka, and the voyeuristic elements that John Wilson and Edward Hopper portrayed in their work, have all had strong influences on Ali-Salaamís painting. When living in Cincinnati in the early 2000s he made daily use of city buses to get around and became intrigued with the energy of people on their way to work. His voyeuristic interest in the melancholy, extroverted, introverted, happy, sometimes crazy states of being that people experience in their travels, became the subject matter of his paintings. It started out with the buses in Cincinnati and has since led to Bostonís train system and recently bicycles. Currently Ali-Salaam is painting bicycles alone, without any figures, attempting to convey portraits not only of the bicycles, but of their riders through their chosen modes of transport.