Julien Breton

Posted by admin on March 10, 2016  /   no comment

Completely self-taught and unable to speak Arabic, the French artist Julien Breton has developed his own unique form of virtual calligraphy, based on a Latin-style alphabet and inspired by an Arabic and Eastern aesthetic. With a multi-cultural take on calligraphy, Breton’s work incorporates the cultural identity and style of East and West, often taking inspiration from western philosophy, hip hop and street art.

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Bedri Baykam

Posted by admin on February 15, 2016  /   no comment

Known as one of Istanbul’s contemporary intellectuals, Bedri Baykam was born in Ankara. He started to paint when he was only two years old, and has had several exhibitions since the age of six in Bern, Geneva, New York, Washington, London, Rome, Munich, Stockholm, to name a few. He studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris from 1975 to 1980 and received an MBA degree. During this time, he also studied drama in L’Actorat du Cinema in Paris. He lived in California during the years 1980-1987, where he studied painting and filmmaking at the California College of Arts and Crafts, in Oakland till 1984. He had several shows in New York, California and Paris during those Californian years. He returned to Turkey in 1987 and has been living in Istanbul since.

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Irini Gonou

Posted by admin on December 10, 2015  /   no comment

Irini Gonou was born in 1955 in Athens. She studied sculpture at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts and then at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, where she has also worked as a workshop assistant for two years at the section of ceramic sculpture.

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Islam Zian Alabdeen

Posted by admin on December 10, 2015  /   no comment

Born in Khartoum, Sudan, Islam Zian Alabdeen studied Applied Arts at the University of Sudan. He spent the years following study exhibiting extensively in his native country and Europe, and developing workshops for adults and children. A contemporary painter, Islam produces colourful romantic abstracts in oil on canvas.

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Hamad Al Saab & Ali Sultan

Posted by admin on December 10, 2015  /   no comment

Hamad and Ali were a Pop Art duo who enjoyed presenting the Arab culture and history through their contemporary vision by using digital art base and mixed media on canvas in attempt to create their own principle, No Rules, in their artworks. Coming from two different backgrounds, Hamad and Ali found a common ground through their collaboration that bridges all cultural and political differences between east and west proving to the world that art strips all conflicts to bring creative minds together.

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Ugur Caki

Posted by admin on December 10, 2015  /   no comment

Ugur Caki, an emerging contemporary artist, was born in Izmir, Turkey. During his education at Dokuz Eylul University, he participated in several group exhibitions, including helping to organise the Izmir International Ceramics Symposium. His art developed and began to reach maturity after he founded his first studio in Urla, Zeytinalan, where he started working on the techniques of bronze moulding. He then further refined his technique and perhaps the most distinctive feature of his works is his contemporary interpretation of classical deities, which later became the panache of his signature style.

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Abdulaziz Al Qahtani

Posted by admin on December 10, 2015  /   no comment

Abdulaziz Al Qahtani was an emerging Saudi artist who lived and studied in London. Besides art and photography, he devoted his time to fashion design.

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Khaled Akil

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Khaled Akil was born into an artistic family and is the son of established painter Youssef Akil. Born in Aleppo, Syria, Khaled graduated from Beirut Arab University with a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science in 2009. After graduating, as a self-taught artist he sought to discuss the nation’s complexities through his artwork.

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Shurooq Amin

Posted by admin on December 03, 2015  /   no comment

Born to a Kuwaiti father and Syrian mother, Dr Shurooq Amin is an Anglophone poet, a contemporary artist, a certified interior decorator and a professor at Kuwait University. The distinctive quality of her paintings is perhaps on her raw exploration of modern Arabian Gulf society, metaphorically stripped to reveal the truth. Her images do not profess to demean or criticise, nor to glorify or exaggerate.

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Nabeela Al Khayer

Posted by admin on June 11, 2015  /   no comment

The 1990s have witnessed a considerable contribution of innovative works on the part of women artists in the Gulf. In common with all Gulf artists, Nabeela Al Khayer is a passionate Bahraini artist, dedicated to her work and constantly appraising her artistic skills and pushing her own boundaries in search of new ideas and modes of expression.

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