Drawing on inspiration

18 Sep, '05

More Than Meets the Eye is the theme of an art exhibition opening at 7.30pm 7.00pm tonight at the Albareh Art Gallery, Adliya. Around 30 limited edition linoleum prints by Bahraini artist Nasser Al Yousif are being showcased at the event, which is being held under the patronage of Culture and National Heritage Assistant Under-Secretary Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa. Relying solely on touch and memory, Mr Al Yousif produces images that are at the same time folkloric and ultra contemporary, making use of tribal graphic elements, said gallery curator Luciana Farah.

Once an accomplished painter, eight years ago Mr Al Yousif lost his sight completely.

Instead of giving up his art, he took the challenge and continued working on linoleum etchings, a technique that he had experimented with in the past.

His etchings flourished, but due to health complications, he is no longer able to work.

The exhibition shows the last of his production, as well as some works produced through 1999-2002.

The gallery and Chicas Production, France, are also co-producing a film documentary about the work of Mr Al Yousif, to be released next spring.

Bahraini musicians Hassan Haddad (oud) Ahmad Al Ganim (flute) and Ali Al Elaiwat (violin) will be performing traditional and original Arabic songs throughout the opening.

The exhibition is open to the general public from September 18 to 27, Saturdays to Thursdays, from 10am to 8pm.

For more information, contact 17717707 or info@albareh.com

Rebecca Torr, GDN

Thought I’d put a plug here for my dad’s exhibition… well worth attending if you have a chance.

Blind artist’s works go on show

SCORES of people flocked to see Bahraini artist Nasser Al Yousif’s last art exhibition, which opened last night at the Albareh Art Gallery, Adliya.

Around 30 limited edition linoleum prints are being showcased at the gallery under the theme More Than Meets the Eye.

The accomplished painter lost his sight eight years ago, but continued working on linoleum etchings, a technique that he experimented with in the past.

However, due to health complications, he is no longer able to work.

The exhibition shows the last of his production, as well as some works produced through 1999-2002.

The opening was celebrated with traditional and contemporary Arabic music by Bahraini musicians Hassan Haddad (oud) Ahmad Al Ganim (flute) and Ali Al Elaiwat (violin).

The exhibition, under the patronage of Culture and National Heritage Assistant Under-Secretary Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, will continue until September 27.

It is open to the public Saturday to Thursday, from 10am to 8pm.

For more information, contact 17717707 or info@albareh.com

Last night also saw the launch of the Café Gallery’s new exhibit hall (next door to the gallery).

It was opened by Bahraini artist Jamal Abdulrahim, who is showcasing around 20 lithographs and mixed media pieces of his latest work at the Café Gallery.

The exhibition, which continues until September 27, is open Saturday to Thursday from 9am to 10pm and on Fridays from 5pm to 10pm.

For more information, contact 17713535 or cafe@albareh.com.
GDN – 19 Sept 2005

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  1. anonymous says:

    Drawing on inspiration

    congrats 😉
    see u there

    silly girl

  2. mahmood says:

    Re: Drawing on inspiration

    looking forward to it, though I’d advise you not to approach within 30 feet due to snuffles and really really bad throat (so bad that follicles have started growing on the bloody tonsils according to the doctor!)

    such is life… fun and silliness 🙂

  3. anonymous says:

    Drawing on inspiration

    ouch… you take care…
    problem is that i am in NO position to resist u!

    regards,
    silly girl

  4. mahmood says:

    Re: Drawing on inspiration

    oooh, thanks for making my day!

    I need(ed) that 🙂

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