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Elmur studied Graphic Design at the College of Fine and Applied Art, Sudan University. With a career spanning three decades, he has exhibited widely across East Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the USA. Select exhibitions include: Central Electricity and Water Administration, a solo exhibition set across Gallery 1957 and Vigo Gallery, London, 2023; An Anniversary, Gallery 1957, Accra, 2021; Studio Kamal, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, 2019; Fragrances of the Forest and Photos, a retrospective of Elmur’s work at the Sharjah Art Museum, 2018; Forests and Spirits, featuring Elmur alongside two luminaries of Sudanese modernism, Kamala Ishaaq and Ibrahim El Salahi, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2018; a group exhibition at the British National Museum, 2004. Elmur’s work is collected widely and is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) in Marrakech, the Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF), Zeitz MOCAA, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Weisman Art Museum and the Pompidou Centre, Paris.
Elmur has published twelve children’s books and is a successful filmmaker, directing six short documentaries and fantasy films which have been shown at international film festivals.