Filed under: Exhibitions, Gallery Tilal, Kiss & Cut, My Brother Mohammed | Tags: art, black, Exhibition, gallery, Kuwait, photography, tilal, white
I’m finally posting my brother Mohammed’s photos of the opening night of my exhibition Kiss & Cut. Unfortunately, he was having trouble with his camera and wasn’t too happy with what he took. But to me it’s not about the final photos. It’s a personal appreciation of his being there and capturing the moments that only he could see. Thanks, Moh! Always.
Filed under: Exhibitions, Kiss & Cut | Tags: acrylic, art, Exhibition, gallery, Kuwait
These are some photos I took last night. Apart from my feet being torn apart by killer heels, I think the night went well. It’s always good to interact with people who have just met your work. Traditionally, I post my brother Mohammed’s photos, but unfortunately his camera failed him yesterday. He did take some shots but will take some more soon, fingers crossed. Meanwhile, here’s a somewhat perfunctory glimpse of the exhibition.
The exhibition runs from March 3-March 14. The gallery is closed on weekends.
Filed under: Exhibitions, Kiss & Cut | Tags: art, Exhibition, gallery, invitation, Kuwait
Filed under: New Untitled Exhibition at Tilal | Tags: art, copic, gallery, Kuwait, markers, tilal, tracing paper
My little cousin was on the plane with me a couple of nights ago. She saw my sketchbook and asked me, ‘Do you draw every day?’ I immediately said, ‘Yes’. Without even thinking. Even though I hadn’t drawn a thing is days. Was that a lie? Or just circumstances which kept me from what I do most naturally? Today, I drew again for the first time in over a week. And it feels great. And I’m probably going to be drawing every single day until the first week of March, when my next exhibition will be. (more…)
Filed under: Dar.Nur, Instagram | Tags: art, bubble wrap, dar.nur, Exhibition, gallery, instagram, Kuwait, movers, Paintings, show, transportation
My paintings were finally transported to dar.nur this morning. I have to say I was bubbling with energy, really happy they were going to a better place! Be good, girls. I’ll be visiting every now and then x (more…)
Filed under: The Kuwait Scene | Tags: art, artworks, boushahri, drawings, gallery, Kuwait, Paintings, sculpture
Boushahri Gallery opened its 4th Annual Salon last Sunday. The exhibition will be open all summer. (more…)
Filed under: Gallery Tilal, The Kuwait Scene | Tags: beads, gallery, jewelry, lbojzazz, tilal
I haven’t had much time to visit the galleries this season but this particular show was important to me because not only are LB o J’zazz‘s Lubna Saif Abbas and Bettina Al-Bakhit good friends of mine, but I am so inspired by their hand-made jewelry and am a little girl lost in their bead haven in the middle of Shaab (on the seaside). Totemic Flights is the duo’s first showing of their ‘artisanal body adornment’. You can meet Lubna and check out LB o J’zazz’s exquisite jewelry yourself; just click here for the details. (more…)
Filed under: The Kuwait Scene | Tags: adel el siwi, boushahri, Exhibition, fa gallery, gallery, haytham nawwar, Kuwait, marwa adel, tareq boutaihi
I had a busy morning bouncing from one gallery to another. In all, a friend and I dropped by four exhibitions. Our first stop was the Tareq Boutaihi exhibition at Boushahri Gallery. I didn’t immediately take to Boutaihi’s intimate look at barely clothed women but soon their bodies and expressions won me over. As much as I was inspired by his rendition of the female form, I felt a certain lack of sensitivity from the artist in their faces. But that’s just me. I have face bias. Bonus was seeing Mr. Jawad Boushahri. Double bonus was bumping into artist Ja’afar Islah. (more…)
Filed under: Gallery Tilal, The Kuwait Scene | Tags: Exhibition, gallery, sami mohammed, tilal
I visited Gallery Tilal for very personal reasons yesterday: the exhibition of my first ever inspiration, Sami Mohammad. I remember my father taking me to the Free Arts Atelier over thirty years ago. When my eyes fell on Mohammad’s shocking sculptures. As scary as they should have been to an eight-year-old, I wasn’t afraid; I was just fascinated by his depiction of the human form. He was the first person to demonstrate to me the impossibilities we can achieve through our work as artists with a free mind: the impossibility of a jaw stretching that far down, the impossibility of a man fitting in such a small box, the impossibility of the limbs bending the way they do. But most importantly, I wondered at the emotion and desperation which push a man to end up in such states of impossibility. And from that day on, I started testing myself, my mind and experimented with how far I could push that envelope. So although you exhibit very rarely, thank you for sharing yourself with us one more time (in a career which has spanned over forty years, this is just his third solo exhibition). (more…)
I think this is going to be one of the most exciting events of the year, if only for the birth of a new Kuwaiti hub for the contemporary arts. I’m not going to be able to attend but gallery director Liane Al-Ghusain was gracious enough to let me have a sneak peak Wednesday morning, an experience I will definitely be sharing with you guys. Good luck, Liane!
Cross the bridge for details. (more…)
Filed under: Ghadah | Tags: anna, bazaar, gallery, magazine, modeling, tilal, wintour
Imagine flipping through one of your favorite local magazines and POP!-there’s your painting. I know this means nothing to anyone else but me, but wowie (with a squeek and a clap of the hands). Check out Bazaar Magazine for some other fun articles. Who knows, you might find your own you in there.
Filed under: The Book of Traffic Lights & Other Observations | Tags: diary, dickhead, Exhibition, gallery, idiot, parking, sidewalk
Filed under: Ballerina Pink, Gallery Tilal | Tags: ballerina, gallery, office, painting, tilal
I visited Gallery Tilal this morning to check on my painting Ballerina Pink, which is there for a prospective buyer. I must say, this is one of my most camouflage-ic paintings. It blends in anywhere it’s placed. At least I think it does.
I can’t believe these paintings have been up all summer! I would have loved to have visited earlier. It’s nice to know that something was going on in this long season of draught. If anyone is interested, the exhibition will be up until the end of August, at Gallery Tilal. (more…)
Filed under: The Kuwait Scene | Tags: abdel moueen saleh, boushahri, fadhel abbar, fathi afeefi, gallery, hossam el dine gharbiya, issam darwish, jassem bu hamad, sabeeha bishara, sculpture, sinan hussain, thuraya al-baqsami
Boushahri’s 3rd Annual Art Salon has opened and I finally got a chance to visit this morning. This exhibition will be up until September 15, so there’s lots of time to visit. It’s a very peaceful gallery and there are lots of places to sit and contemplate the works.
Boushahri Gallery, Baghdad Street, Building 36, Salmiya. Tel: email@example.com (more…)
Filed under: The Kuwait Scene, The Sultan Gallery | Tags: collage, Exhibition, gallery, get tested, painting, reza doust, sultan
Last Thursday, in the nick of time, I managed to make it to Reza Doust‘s exhibition at the Sultan Gallery. According to his tally, I was the fourth Kuwaiti artist to visit that afternoon. Not bad for someone who has never been in the top ten of anything before. Back to the point, I had seen some of his latest works either on his site or Facebook page, so knew what to expect. Yet I was taken aback by the sheer size of his paintings. He’s a tiny man who works in a tiny basement studio in Canada. How did he manage works of such magnitude and painted with such skill? In an area so small, how did he put so much movement and freedom into his work? I think the answer comes from a passion inside the man to release the daily burdens imposed either by others or himself. When I see the cut-outs on his canvases, the papers he has collected over the years, including earlier inspirations, I picture a madman in his laboratory, finally deciding to put his references (and life) in order. And I see an organized chaos that so appeals to my sense of dichotomy. I envy his restraint for using color; because it’s hard to stick to a few tones on your palette and still make the painting look as colorful and vibrant as his. I know it’s a cliche, but Doust has proven that great things come in small packages. (more…)
Filed under: dar al-funoon, FA Gallery, The Kuwait Scene, The Sultan Gallery | Tags: art, dar al-funoon, fa, gallery, halim al karim, irani, jahed sarbolan, katayoun karami, mohamad mehdi tabatabaie, shideh tami, shima esfandiary
Filed under: Eventful, Stories of Eves | Tags: alkandari, eve, Exhibition, gallery, ghadah, stories, tilal
Ten days left. Or is it nine? I’m starting to feel a bit of the buzz I usually get a few weeks before any exhibition. The butterflies I usually reserve for opening day. That’s when I can’t sit still and it’s best to avoid me. Cross the bridge for a map to Gallery Tilal. (more…)
Filed under: Press, Stories of Eves | Tags: article, bazaar, eves, Exhibition, gallery, Kuwait, magazine, stories, tilal
Filed under: Eventful, Kuwait 50/20 Exhibition | Tags: 50/20, abdalla alawadi, aseel alyaqoub, Exhibition, gallery, george lewis, sultan, thomas modeen, william andersen
I know I said the last time that I finally made it to the first installment of The Sultan Gallery’s 50/20 Exhibition. But this time I finally, finally made it. It’s been a week since the show opened. I like the whole idea of having two parts of a show, version one and version two. It appeals to my sense of applying different elements to a single diagram or model. Not a sequel but a segment which completes another.
*If you scroll down, you will see that there is an asterisk after Thomas Modeen’s work. I’m doing the asterisk thing kind of backwards. Please click here for better photos (and a thorough explanation) of his work.