Abdellah Boukil’s masterful technique is his own invention and is born of a cellular connection to natural sands coming from different regions of the Moroccan desert, as well as quartz industrially colored sands. While many artists have tried to work with sand, Abdellah “works the sand”. His art consists of sculpting the sand and agglomerating it by addition over different types of carrier mediums. The flat pieces can then be made on canvas, wood panels, metallic ones, glass, Plexiglas, composite materials and ceramic – or any other material.

Abdellah likes to play with sands to give them different shapes and depths. His method is to put flat ones to better highlight the relief and so on. His works have undulating surfaces that reveal an elegant topography, echoing the desert and the landscapes of the heart and the soul. For the reliefs , he can make them round, flat, like an inverted diamond – and can also make a relief and then create a hollow it. There is always depth. The depth is controlled by three elements: Abdellah’s will, the dimension of the work and the carrier medium. For example, on a “solid” material such as glass, wood or metal he can give the sand a more important depth than on a canvas, as the “solid material” supports more weight.

He works with a natural material to agglomerate the sand. The technique he uses is exactly what happens in nature where a sand grain opens to melt with another in order to form a reconstituted rock. Abdellah's process is exactly the same but it takes less time to do than in nature. In nature, this takes millions of years, while Abdellah needs few hours or days. His work is completely done by hand. He starts from a little amount of sand to create the shapes and depths.

Abdellah would have never worked with any other material than sand. He and the sand are linked in different ways. His major challenge since he discovered this technique was to "tame" a material that is exactly like him - so contradictory; strong and at the same time fragile, smooth and rough, old and so contemporary, docile and rebellious. His wife, Hind, further states that “to me he had to lead another battle: to brave his modesty and shyness to free his imagination.”

Abdellah Boukil is a Moroccan artist born in Marrakech in 1962. He has followed an unusual path always informed by a well-developed sense of curiosity, a fascination for the beautiful and the elegant. Abdellah has always been motivated by challenges and a stoic quest for originality.

Abdellah Boukil started his professional career working in luxury hotels. After several years he decided to leave the exlusive world of Parisian hospitality to return to his hometown of Marrakech in search of color and light, without knowing what the future held for him.

Once back in Marrakech, Abdellah tried to combine his professional experience with his artistic side.

In one of his travels, Abdellah has discovered that engineers have used a material that always fascinated him: the sand. Some engineers used sand in order to produce coatings for oil platforms and tarmacs during the Vietnam War. This was a starting point for Abdellah’s artistic career as he decided to begin research to adapt this technique to decoration and art.

During years of research and hard work, Boukil struggled to tame a material that is so contradictory: strong and the same time fragile, smooth and rough, old and so contemporary, docile and rebellious. Thanks to his curiosity, Abdellah overcame technical barriers he met while leading a different battle: braving his modesty and shyness to free his imagination.

Abdellah Boukil’s work consists of sculpting sand, by addition -  agglomerating it at the same time over different types of carrier materials: glass, wood, metals, marble, ceramic, stones, composite materials.



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