In memory of my father

15 Jun, '07

His memory is still very fresh in my mind. His sense of humour, his easy manner, his friendliness, his openness, his kindness, his love, his single mindedness, his art, his determination, his touch, his smile, his smell, his personality. Everything about him is still in my mind and I don’t think that will ever leave me.

Slowly though, only the good memories remain and my utter gratefulness for having had a father like him; I hope when my time is up my children will remember me with half the fondness that I harbour for my own father.

Nasser Al-Yousif, the founder of contemporary fine arts in Bahrain - 1940 - 16 June 2006

My brother Jamal is in the process of making an excellent site in which he exhibits some of our dad’s work and also has collected a good number of articles written by and about Nasser Al-Yousif, the founder of the contemporary art movement in Bahrain.

I still miss you dad. You are, and will always be my hero. May you live for ever.

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  1. ASKAD says:

    He was a very nice person, his art and him was loved by everyone, i remember when he lost his ability to see he never lost his smile , i was young but still can remember where he was sitting & all the paintings surrounding him and looking over him, we miss this great man, artist, friend.

    It’s good to have a website dedicated for him & his art, keep us updated when its done.

  2. Salman says:

    May his soul R.I.P

    I have noticed that the artistic ideas of most of the Arab artists is quite similar, but yet unique to each individual. Many of my family members are artists, and i love art myself, but unfortunately, i am no artist, and do not have the skilled hands to draw or paint.

    Mahmood, did you father also produce art for Ashoora? I am a big fan of such art, and love it very much.

  3. BuZain says:

    May his soul rest in peace

  4. Ibn says:

    Nice art work from your baba Mahmood. I wish I could draw like that! 🙁
    As long as his loved ones remember him, he does in some way live forever.


  5. Once again.. sorry for your loss. And he sure will live forever in the legacy he has left behind and the love all those who knew him have for him.

  6. Ingrid says:

    I remember when you posted about his passing..a year already?? Luckily for you, you have all his wonderful art of him to remind you of his soul.. what a legacy. I love the colours in the paintings. Especially the blue one but I’m partial to blue. The memories of my father have almost disappeared, but then, I was 12 when he passed, and now I’m 31yrs further. Legacies are to be cherished as your dad is.. great site your brother has too,

  7. Bernie says:

    It’s a wonderful website Mahmood. Your father was an outstanding and talented artist.
    He will be remembered by those other than his family by his artistic endeavours.

  8. Hamad says:

    I pary Gad to keep him in his great paradises and give you the power to add the same nice things he added to this world .

    Gad be with you all .


  9. Sheik Ali Bin Mahmood says:

    I did not know your father, but from how you speak of him I know he must have been a very good man. He has left a legacy that you must share with others and perhaps inspire people. maybe you should make a book about the life your father had and about his work.
    I would buy a copy.

  10. River says:

    Amazing work, beautiful colours and truly a unique soul of a poet. You obviously inherited your artistic talents from him.

    Happy fathers day to you.

    Have a great day and a better week.


  11. mohammad says:

    you put tears in my eyes and i remembered my dad as well… God bless you’re dad’s soul…. yes indeed he was a great artist 🙂

  12. anna says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your father, this website! I especially loved his linoleum prints, they are very powerfull.
    Regards Anna

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