About the artist

 

Since the ‘60s, many innocent Sudanese have been taken into custody, interrogated, tortured, and in some cases lost their lives. Having suffered himself, Elmur aims to highlight the humanity in those who have endured this mistreatment. His paintings are inspired by his research into the history of ‘mug shot,’ the repetitive, bland nature of which desensitises us to the human stories of these individuals. As a painter, filmmaker, photographer, and author, multiple elements come into play within his recent series. Each painting tells its own story of the individual within the wider historical narrative of the penal system, forcing us to reflect on our assumptions and prejudices. 

 

Elmur’s work has been shown at The Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech; The Sharjah Art Museum and the Sharjah Art Foundation. 

 

 

selected works

Horsebath
2022
Innocent Prisoner 2, 3, 4
2021
Liberty Fountain
2021-2022
Orange Crow
2022
Electricity Tower
2022
The Red Towel
2022
Innocent Prisoner 25
2021
Innocent Prisoner No.205
2020
Innocent Prisoner No.221
2020/2021

forthcoming exhibitions

13 October – 16 October 2022

Ibrahim El-SalahiSalah ElmurLakwena MaciverZak Ové

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Somerset House

past exhibitions

16 September – 5 October 2022

Salah Elmur

Water and Electricity

Vigo Gallery
9 September – 13 September 2022

Johnny AbrahamsStephen ChambersIbrahim El-SalahiSalah ElmurJordy KerwickLakwena Maciver

The Armory Show, New York

Booth # 226 | Galleries section

Vigo Gallery
13 October – 17 October 2021

Salah Elmur

The Innocent Prisoner

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
22 September 2021 – 2 January 2022

Salah ElmurZak Ové

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021

selected press/news

10 August 2020

Salah Elmur

What I Buy & Why: Collector Beth Rudin DeWoody on How She's Satisfying Her Art-Buying Addiction During Lockdown
 

Horsebath

2022Acrylic on canvas200 x 235 cm / 78 3/4 x 92 1/2 in

Innocent Prisoner 2, 3, 4

2021Acrylic on canvas167 x 185 cm / 65 3/4 x 72 7/8 in

Liberty Fountain

2021-2022Acrylic on canvas185  x 320 cm / 72 7/8 x 126 in

Orange Crow

2022Acrylic on canvas113  x 73 cm / 44 1/2 x 28 3/4 in

Electricity Tower

2022Acrylic on canvas185 x 320 cm / 72 7/8 x 126 in

The Red Towel

2022Acrylic on canvas110 x 95 cm / 43 1/4 x 37 3/8 in

Innocent Prisoner 25

2021Acrylic on canvas145 x 105 cm / 57 1/8 x 41 3/8 in

Innocent Prisoner No.205

2020Arcylic on canvas60 x 90 cm / 23 5/8 x 35 3/8 in

Innocent Prisoner No.221

2020/2021Acrylic on canvas90 x 60 cm / 35 3/8 x 23 5/8 in