The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize 2022 Benefit Auction | Hosted by Sotheby’s

The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize 2022 Benefit Auction | Hosted by Sotheby’s

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Hussein Salim

Garden of Carnal Delights

Lot Closed

February 22, 05:19 PM GMT


5,000 - 6,000 USD

Lot Details


Hussein Salim



Garden of Carnal Delights

signed and dated 2020 (lower right); signed, titled and dated 2020 (on the reverse)

acrylic on canvas

120 by 150cm., 47¼ by 59in.

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This work has been kindly donated by the artist

Hussein Salim (b.1966, Sudan) is an artist whose work is informed by past and present, which are marred with memories of loss, isolation, migration, exile and forgotten heritage. As an artist, a central aim in his work is to draw light to the tiny details that no one pays attention to. Following his artistic training in Khartoum University, he attained his Master’s degree in art at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Inspired by diasporic, multicultural communal structures, his body of work celebrates this through extensive layering of symbols, rich colours and vivid forms. 


Garden of Carnal Delights explores memories of growing up in the desert and a sense of being surrounded by emptiness. Total emptiness. Salim reflects this dialogue through the use of personal symbolism of his dual African and Islamic identity. The forms and colours mix, symbolising subliminal musings on identity and heritage. However, the shapes and forms in his work leave clues rather than explicitly demonstrating an idea. The busyness of each work requires quiet contemplation, asking the viewer to juxtapose the noise of the world with the act of quiet introspection. Salim’s paintings have been described as landscapes in themselves, mass grids of engaged surfaces, in which worlds and societies can exist.