A while ago, I got contacted by Khalid Kamhawi, a mathematician and poet. He was writing a poetry book and loved one of my paintings from the Urban Vibes series for the cover. I was very honoured by this request and am very happy to have contributed in this way to a wonderful publication for the Arab speaking world. Khalid’s words:
‘You can find yourself in the desert. You can find and lose love in the city.’ My book is about the manifestation of love, in all its complexity, wonder and hurt – raw and without apology.
I felt that your painting beautifully captures what I want to say, as if it were a reflection of some hidden lines in between the pages. Your city looks like a beating heart, in flame. There is also a subtle image of a beautiful woman within it. Perfect.
Title: “Al-Madinah” (The City)
Author: Khalid Kamhawi
Publisher: Dar Alfarabi
Link to the painting: http://www.marcovanhout.com/portfolio_item/urban-vibes-9-red-or-blue-or/
Urban Vibes series
The ‘Urban Vibes’ series is an ongoing series of paintings of abstract city scape landscapes. Marco finds inspiration for these paintings in sucking up the city atmospheres during his trips for his work. These are cities in the US, Europe, Asia, South America and even Africa. Every time, Marco tries to use a different color palet to express the unique atmosphere that each city possesses. These can be raw, cold vibes, but also warm, hot and exciting ones. Find your own special vibe with one of these exciting and decorative paintings that will light up your room or space.