The exhibit features artwork by French Olympian Kader Klouchi. From an early age, Klouchi had a passion for sport. Virtually self-taught in the field of athletics, Klouchi found himself gravitating to the sport of long jump. In 1992, he participated in the Olympic Games for Algeria in long jump. Klouchi is a two-time French National Record holder and a three-time World Champion.
Like many Olympian athletes, Klouchi transitioned his love of sport into a passion for the arts, particularly focused on the artistic beauty of action. With each stroke of acrylic on canvas, Klouchi captures his personal passion for sport and draws on his appreciation of the body’s movement as a work of art in all of its grace and beauty.
The bold colors and long strokes provide a kinetic quality to Klouchi’s work is evidenced by the way the movement of each figure is captured to reveal the spirit of athleticism and a moment in which the authentic beauty of the effort and strength are reunited.
A Spirit Unleashed will feature several new pieces by Klouchi. Originals are available for sale.
Klouchi’s artwork and stories will be on display through March. Families, friends and community members are invited to attend a special reception, on Friday, February 3 beginning at 6 p.m. to view A Spirit Unleashed in the Olympian Art Gallery at the Art of the Olympians Museum and Gallery at the Al Oerter Center for Excellence at 1300 Hendry St., Fort Myers. Guests will have an opportunity to hear from the artist himself at 7 p.m. Admission to the reception is free of charge.
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