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polkadots revisited

I’m re-posting this to pump you up for next week’s show! I do hope you try to make it and enjoy yourself. As you may already know, my PGB exhibitions are about you having fun and being involved and camera ready! A reminder to put on your polkadots and charge your phones. I expect lots and lots of Instagrams to include in this year’s slideshow.

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The worst thing I could have done to myself after a long week, day and night of exhibition preparation and time was looking at these photos in bed. Whatever exhaustion I felt flew right out of my laughing mouth as I LOLed myself to a state of wakefulness and excitement to get these on the post. But my reasoning got the best of me as I put my camera on the bedside table and forced myself to get to sleep. I’m so happy that people seemed to be enjoying themselves-and am a little disappointed with myself for not crashing a few of the photo sessions!). I hope I have all the names in the right places. I’m sure you’ll let me know if any are wrong!

I hope you enjoy this slideshow taken in the little room in the back, of last night’s visitors by their friends. Best taken with music.

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dar al-funoon’s 2nd affordable art exhibition

Visit the Dar Al-Funoon gallery for its second Affordable Art Exhibition. On display will be works by some pretty hefty artists, nothing over KD400, so a great chance to acquire a decent work of art.

The gallery address is Al-Watiah, Behbehani Compound, House 28 telephone: 2243-3138

 

tonight at dar al-funoon gallery } affordable art show

this postcard will be among the ones on display at the gallery. it is also featured in my book 'body parts' which can be purchased at the gallery

Don’t miss Dar Al-Funoon’s Affordable Art Exhibition tonight! My postcards will be for sale among some amazing work by well-known artists. Everything under KD 300! And just tonight from 4-9 pm.

prettygreenbullet the second exhibition photos } mohammed alkandari

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I love this photo. it sort of makes me sad and proud of my son at the same time. he really took his job as photo room organizer seriously. although he looks alone in this photo, he had the three ladies presiding over him

For every one of my exhibitions in the past five years, my brother Mohammed Alkandari has been there for me, snapping away. I always value his ‘eye’ and his point of view, and his photos never cease to surprise me. There was absolutely no editing done on these photos taken with his new Leica (which for some reason I want to keep calling Lycra) camera. Thank you, Moh. I love them! Read More

polka-madness on a chilly december 5th night

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The worst thing I could have done to myself after a long week, day and night of exhibition preparation and time was looking at these photos in bed. Whatever exhaustion I felt flew right out of my laughing mouth as I LOLed myself to a state of wakefulness and excitement to get these on the post. But my reasoning got the best of me as I put my camera on the bedside table and forced myself to get to sleep. I’m so happy that people seemed to be enjoying themselves-and am a little disappointed with myself for not crashing a few of the photo sessions!). I hope I have all the names in the right places. I’m sure you’ll let me know if any are wrong!

I hope you enjoy this slideshow taken in the little room in the back, of last night’s visitors by their friends. Best taken with music. Read More

Dar Al-Funoon } Bader Albassam

two of albassam's photographs recline as the day continues to be beautiful in the courtyard outside this window

One of our trips this morning took us to Dar Al-Funoon gallery in Sharq. We were hoping to get a glimpse of tomorrow night’s show by Kuwaiti photographer Bader Albassam. And we did. I really enjoyed gazing at his prints, done with standard film and natural lighting. Taken on his trips to countries such as Russia, Yemen and Cuba, Albassam captures intimate moments and truly manages to freeze time, inviting the viewer to enjoy the experiences as he experienced them. Good photography and good company: great hugs from Lucy and her friend Noorah Hadeed, and good to see Cuckoo, the resident pigeon, again. Read More

Neither Here Nor There|Dar Al-Funoon |May 2-May 19

I went to the Dar Al-Funoon Gallery this morning with a preconceived idea. A friend of mine wasn’t very impressed with this exhibition and I jumped at the opportunity to voice my opinion about the unfairness of the art world and how, in little Kuwait, we seem to be overlooked by the international art community and overshadowed by Iran’s art force (for the sake of simplicity I’m going to use words like ‘good’, ‘bad’ and ‘art’ to put my points across). I was formulating a spiel in my head that just because it’s Irani doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. But damn it, yet again I was wrong. Well, partly anyway. And so I discarded my opinions and started afresh. Read More

gallery hopping on a rainy sunday night/sunny monday morning

 

6:30 pm: fa gallery: body language|in the eyes of the iranian artists, in this picture acrylics and LED by mohamad mehdi tabatabaie

7:15:dar al funoon gallery, works by halim al karim

10:00 am: the sultan gallery: 'the children of gaza' featuring limited edition prints by dia azzawi

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Dar Al Funoon Charity Exhibition 2010

the world's second best juggler, 2010, watercolor and ink on canvas, approx. 12 x 16 cm

In October Dar Al Funoon will be hosting its second Bayt Abdullah exhibition to generate funds for the children’s hospice, commissioned by KACCH to provide specialized care for children who are not expected to reach adulthood. Works will be sold at a token price so don’t miss it! I’ll post the details and a map closer to the exhibition opening.

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Dar Al-Funoon Summer Exhibition 2010

I am proud to say that Fairuz is now hanging at the Dar Al-Funoon Gallery as part of its annual summer exhibit. The gallery, situated in the Behbehani Villas in Sharq (see map), is open twice a day every day except for Friday and Saturday. Times: 10am-1pm/4pm-7pm

Thanks to photographer Khaled Al-Saleh for the photos.

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48 Women, a Kitten & Pele|Part Four & Last

36 eyes staring, 2005, acrylic on canvas (four paneled approx. 180cm x 240cm)

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Yasmine, Some Disjointed Mannequins & Me

yasmine, what have you done?

Last Ramadan, Yasmine and I visited Dar Al-Funoon at the last minute to check out the Noon Collection. Unfortunately, the skirt that Yasmine had seen in the catalog and loved had been sold. But when life gives you lemons, you make lemon merangue pie, or in our case, try on some other lovely outfits and bug Vessant who was trying in vain to put the mannequins away. Read More

48 Women, a Kitten & Pele|Part Two

iris, 2005, acrylic on canvas

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Forty-Eight Women, a Kitten & Pele|Part One|The Aunties With Their Shirts

aunty with a psychedelic shirt, 2005, acrylic on canvas, 91cm x 152cm

This collection started with a painting I had done much earlier and stored away. It amazed me how much my style evolved the more paintings I did in this series. When I went back to the one that inspired the rest, I was shocked at how different it looked from its sisters. Nonetheless, I included it in the collection because it was an important driving force behind my 2006 exhibition at Dar Al-Funoon: Forty-Eight Women, a Kitten & Pele. Read More

Jana & Iber Complete and Not

jioneWell, this is it. I am very happy with it. I decided to keep Jana the way she is, unfinished, incomplete. The painting will be part of an exhibition/auction benefiting the Animal Friends League of Kuwait/K’s Path. Works will be displayed at the Dar Al-Funoon Gallery for two days, and the auction will take place on the third day. I will post details closer to the actual date, which will be in February 2010. I’m very excited. Read More

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