Alaa Aboelhamd علاء ابوالحمد It is because of artists like Alaa Abu Al-Ahmed that the idea for Luxor Art Gallery came to be. Alaa is elusive—like déjà vu, his artwork feels familiar, yet they are difficult to encounter. A significant, potent artists whose works speaks boldly of the past and the present, with a sensibility and benevolence in all his portraits of Egyptian men and women: ethereal beings who are both vulnerable flesh and eternal souls, tied to their histories yet ever living for the future. There is simply a timelessness to his paintings. They are sublime works of art full of grace, heritage, and hope. We are honored to exhibit his work at Luxor Art Gallery. —D.N.