Mohammad Omer Khalil
b. 1936
Burri, Sudan

Khalil received his diploma in painting from the School of Fine and Applied Arts, Khartoum, in 1959. In 1963, he obtained a three-year scholarship from the Ministry of Education to study fine arts at the Academia in Florence. Khalil immigrated to the United States in the late 1960s where he taught printmaking at the Pratt Institute. Since 1971, he has taught printmaking at the New School and, in 1991, began teaching at New York University.

The Jack of Heart
Etching with aquatint
118.3 x 91.4 cm (46 9/16 x 36 in.)
92-4-7, museum purchase
(on view September 2001-January 2002)

This work is part of a series of etchings inspired by the music of Bob Dylan. Khalil regards etching as the perfect medium to express his artistic agenda. He often combines aquatint, dry point, soft ground, spit biting, and chincolet. As he notes, "subtle nuances . . . if I get the right tone in deepest black then the rest works out." (As quoted by Sylvia Williams, personal interview, April 1992).