One of the paintings by Jamila Al Shraim on display at Katara. Shaival Dalal
DOHA: Qatari artist Jamila Al Shraim drew inspiration from the classic Arabian Nights tales to create her most recent collection of works displayed at a group exhibition which opened recently at the Visual Arts Centre at Katara.
“The paintings were inspired by Arabian Nights and this time I have used new natural materials,” Al Shraim told The Peninsula.
Blending vivid colours with prints, Al Shraim has created mixed media paintings which also mirror the Arabs’ proclivity for horses, and in this collection the horses are depicted with such beauty, vigour and dreamlike appeal.
This also marks the first time Al Shraim worked on small-scale paintings which are 40cm by 40cm.
Al Shraim started her career in visual arts in 1983 and the following year became a member of Qatari Plastic Arts Association, making her one of the pioneers in the field of plastic arts in the country.
At the Mal Lawal exhibition, she was the only artist who showcased sculptures she fashioned out of limestone, gypsum and wood.
She is set to feature at the upcoming Women in Art event in Italy as a guest of honour.
The expo which was opened by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, features works of some of the most prominent artists of Qatar.
As part of programmes for Qatar National Day celebrations, the expo honours and appreciates the role of artists in the country such as the late Jassim Zaini and leading artists, including Yosuf Al Sharif, Ahmad Al Subaie, Hassan Al Mullah and Salman Al Malik, among others.