When calligraphy meets graphics, Abbas Yousif and Jabbar Alghadban’s joint exhibition

1 May, '17

Abbas Yousif and Jabbar Alghadban are now two of the leaders of the contemporary art scene in Bahrain. The long-time friends just mounted their fourteenth joint exhibition. Their contemporary works are displayed at the Contemporary Art Society at Alqadam roundabout at the start of the Budaiya highway. Some thirty acrylic paintings are displayed, some of which are painted on innovative columns which I believe adds another dimension to their art, as well the people’s enjoyment.

Bahraini artists Abbas Yousif and Jabbar Alghadban (courtesy Alwasat Newspaper)

Bahraini artists Abbas Yousif and Jabbar Alghadban (courtesy Alwasat Newspaper)

Jabbar is very well known for his prints and etchings, while Abbas’ forte is creative calligraphy which he imparts through silk-screen printing as well as other methods.

Jabbar Alghadban and Abbas Yousif's 14th Joint Exhibition at the Bahrain Contemporary Art Society

Jabbar Alghadban and Abbas Yousif’s 14th Joint Exhibition at the Bahrain Contemporary Art Society running from 30 April – 18 May 2017

 

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting their exhibition last night, even if briefly, and am determined to visit again before the exhibition wraps up on the 18th of May 2017.

I’ve met both of these artists on their various visits to my father, under whom they studied and formed a very strong relationship. They were both affected by his art and thoughts as well as the determination to express themselves through their art.

I’m looking forward to interview them both for my documentary. Jabbar immediately expressed a strong interest to participate and assured me that Abbas would too. After all, Abbas has written prolifically about dad and his art since he passed away and is intimately familiar with his work.

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