Ahmad Madoun (1941-1983)
"Art is life which is art in itself” ~ Ahmad Madoun
Ahmad Madoun was a Syrian artist born in 1941 in Palmyra. After completing high school, he was assigned a scholarship to study Trade & Economics in Egypt. Mr. Madoun stated that his artistic life began in 1956 when he first painted the countryside, indulging the primitive taste of his fellow countrymen. He developed the skill of plastic drawing using symbols of nature. Madoun’s birthplace of Palmyra had always been the main source of the naturalistic and the artistic inspiration of the drawings he made.
Having completed his studies at Cairo University, Madoun was issued his B.Sc. in Commerce and was delegated to Japanto study Computer Science. Tokyo hosted a private exhibition of Madoun in 1967. Madoun occupied numerous positions in different ministries. He was first appointed to work in Cabinet, then was transferred to the Ministry of Culture to work as "Director to Fine Arts" and later as "Manager to Adham Isma'eel Centre for Fine Arts" following a course in Britain on the principles of teaching children how to draw.
Mr. Madoun was a teacher to a number of well-known Syrian artists, yet for many years no exhibitions were organized in Syria to show his own work. The reasoning behind these long years of non-exhibition was his own feeling that he had not yet reached the artistic level that satisfied his conviction proving that "Art is life which is art in itself". Because of this, not a single drawing was exhibited for a period of fifteen years.
Syrian heritage and the countryside environment of Palmyra are always tangible in the drawings of Ahmad Madoun, who had always endeavoured to incorporate the glorious arts and culture that once flourished in the ancient days of prosperity of Palmyra. To come to this aim, he used “Art as a means to catch up with the passing away of moments of time”, which is a phrase used by the late water colour artist and national treasure Waleed Izzat. The first exhibition to host the drawings of Ahmad Madoun was organized by a group of artists in 1972. He thenbegan to organize exhibitions of his own drawings in 1976.
Ahmad Madoun passed away in 1983 at forty-two years of age. Sadly at this young age his artistic career was brought to an abrupt halt, and the flow of his distinguished style was ended.