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23 April 2024

Wealth of Middle Eastern Art to be showcased by Opera gallery

By Staff

A combination of contemporary and modern artwork by some exceptional Arab Artists will be hosted by the Opera gallery.

Works of art by the by these regional artists will be showcased at the Art Nights at Gate Village on January 13, 2013.

Works from Middle Eastern talents such as Nasrollah Afjehei, Youssef Ahmed, Reza Derakshani, Mohammad Ehsai, Paul Guiragossian, Sabhan Adam and Parviz Tanavoli will be exhibited at the first of the 2013 popular Art Nights series.

Contemporary Iranian visual artist Nasrollah Afjehei, born in 1933, has had numerous works sold at auction. Most recently, ‘Wave’ was sold at Christie’s, Dubai in 2011, for $218,500 (AED802,500).

Widely regarded as the greatest plastic artist in the Middle East, Qatari creator Youssef Ahmed takes traditional regional calligraphy and shapes his pieces using modern techniques.

Reza Derakshani is best known for his gold-leaf work on canvasses, whose foundations augment under different reflections of light.

Born in Iran, in 1939, Mohammad Ehsai received classical training in traditional calligraphic methods he has travelled far to experience other cultures, which has shaped his use of Persian script in his work.

Lebanese-Armenian painter Paul Guiragossian (1926-1993) has been based in Beirut throughout his life, studying in Florence and travelling globally to exhibit his work. His paintings continually express the complexities of the human condition, through static and animated representations of the body.

Sabhan Adam developed his own highly-recognisable figurative painting style. His popular canvases reflect the heavier, darker side of mankind.

Considered Iran’s foremost modern sculptor, Parviz Tanavoli has created sculptures with bronze, ceramics, fibreglass and scrap metal and have a deep engagement with Persian folkloric traditions.

Yasmina Alaoui and Marco Guerra collaborate in their works, primarily in Morocco. Alaoui fuses ink calligraphy with human body imagery, while Guerra – a New York-based fashion photographer, originally from Chile – collaborates with the artist.

Young graduate of liberal arts and fine art photographer Khalid Al Hamad is famed for his series of black and white pictures that explore the human anatomy.

Ali Esmaeilpour has had paintings commissioned by the Iran Museum of Heritage and Culture as well as the Iran Ministry of Olympics.