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A Quick Coffee Chat with Bente Christensen-Ernst
This quick coffee chat with Danish Painter Bente Christensen-Ernst captures so much in such little time. In this rapid interview, Bente shares some little-known facts about her start as an artist, as well as her aspirations and some of her proudest moments as an artist.
The Art Lover’s Guide to Dubai
Indulge in another entry in our City Art Guide Series, where we explore the top 10 things that art lovers can do when they visit Dubai. This list ranges from the modern metropolis's vibrant public art and festival scene to more intimate experiences at some of the city's most prestigious galleries and cultural spaces.
Meet Walid Zou'bi's CYber Heads, Our First Ever NFT Drop!
Walid Zou'bi is a visual artist with a diverse background that includes Danish, Jordanian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, German, and Turkish ancestry. He has explored a variety of artistic mediums throughout his career, from fashion design to special effects makeup. His latest venture is into the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), with his first-ever collection titled "CYber Heads."
An Exploration of Modern Arab Art

In celebration of the launch of our Modern Masters Collection, we explore how Modern Arab art evolved from the colonial era into the post-colonial world, and further into the present day. Arab art has a rich and diverse history, despite its being relatively under-appreciated on the global scene. Much like its global counterparts, Arab art has reflected the cultural, political, and social changes of the Arab World over the course of centuries. 

Oroubah Dieb: A Syrian Artist's Stunning Collages Capture Her Hope For a Displaced Population
Syrian sculptor and painter Oroubah Dieb recounts the moving tale of her displacement from Syria and how she uses her work as a way of raising awareness for those less fortunate. “My art is incredibly personal in its topics. Before the uprising in Syria, I portrayed social subjects like maternity, love, and dancing. Nowadays, a lot of my art embodies the experience of living in exile that refugees are forced to face. My paintings depict the dramatic situations that are borne of population displacement and migration”.
Hassan Massoudy: Mastering Storytelling through Calligraphy
Master Arabic Calligraphy artist Hassan Massoudy is one of the world’s most influential forces in Arabic calligraphy today. Learn all about Massoudy's explorative career, artistic experimentation, and varied sources of inspiration in this exclusive profile!
Collector's Handbook: The Tea on NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens)
The conversation around NFTs has been intensifying ever since the term first came into the spotlight in 2021. From the famous Nyan Cat GIF by Chris Torres that sold for $560,000 to Beeple’s digital collage piece that sold for $69 million at a Christie’s auction, this rather novel digital asset has bred tons of questions on potential online investment in the realm of crypto art. So, what is an NFT anyway? and what does its emergence mean for art collectors?
Celebrating Body Positivity with our Latest Exhibition: "Earthshine" by Yafa Gowaily & Kaiser Moussa
Yafa Gowaily and Kaiser Moussa are excited to present “Earthshine”, their first online exhibition. This stream of new artworks was created with love, harmony, and a pure desire to portray the body’s natural beauty through exuberant and blissful colors. “Earthshine” launched virtually through a panel with the artists and Abdulah, the founder of Marsoum Art Collective on Monday June 21, 2021 at 8 p.m. EST. You can watch a replay of the virtual vernissage in this entry.
Delve Into Paris’s Mystical Arab Art Scene: Where the Arab World and the City of Light Meet

Despite the French capital's lustrous reputation for being a hub for romantics, Paris is not just made for lovers. Paris is renowned for its art, fashion, and abundance of tourist attractions. Whether you’re there to try the food or attend a fashion show, Paris’s whimsical appeal is bound to win you over. So, if you’re an aesthete and have an appreciation for oriental art in particular, then get ready for a journey into the Arab world without stepping outside the capital!

The Art of Hammoud Chantout (In His Own Words)

We caught up with one of our most celebrated painters, Hammoud Chantout to ask him about his artistic journey. Hammoud ended up sharing surprising anecdotes from his childhood, recounts of his first attempts at breathing life into the images in his mind, and an insightful dive into the language of his paintbrush.

Learn more about Hammoud Chantout in this exclusive expose.

Arab Art From a Woman’s Perspective: Changing the Narrative and Redefining Art
In celebration of Women's History Month, we have profiled five groundbreaking women that have redefined what it means to be an artist. Using their emotions and unique life experiences to drive stories from around the world, these five female storytellers chose art as their platform to shed a spotlight on tales of hope and social justice. Learn more about Eman Haram, Heba Al Akkad, Ghadeer Saeed, Oroubah Dieb and Bente Christensen-Ernst.
Inside the Mystical Mind of Egyptian Artist Hady Boraey

Egyptian artist Hady Boraey has managed to evoke various feelings in the hearts of his audience. Every unique piece of art he has crafted is accompanied by fine reality and a grain of imagination.

Using painting as his medium, and drawing inspiration from his country, award-winning Egyptian painter, Hady Boraey, allows us to explore the depths of his mind while taking us on a journey of self-discovery and self-finding.

Learn more about Hady Boraey in this expose.

Studio Visit Replay: Garfield Morgan x Yafa Arts & Crafts x Marsoum
Prepare to be inspired and delighted by Montreal-based Jamaican-born artist Garfield Morgan. In our second virtual studio visit with Yafa Arts & Crafts, Garfield takes us behind the scenes to his art studio and shares insights on his sources of inspiration and his ever-evolving media. Watch a full replay here.
Studio Visit Replay: Music Of The Soul by Nicholas Scott x Yafa Arts & Crafts x Marsoum

Experience (or re-experience) our first Studio Visit, a collaboration with Yafa Arts and Crafts, “Music of The Soul”. This visit focused on Ontario-based accredited music therapist (MTA) Nicholas Scott. In this Studio Visit, Nicholas treated us to a special acoustic performance of 90s classic jam, which the attendees reflected on as part of Nicholas’s approach to music therapy.

Connecting Artists and Art Aficionados Through The Studio Visit Series with Yafa Arts & Crafts
we are pleased to announce a series of monthly studio visits that connect us virtually while allowing us to experience art while in lockdown. These free visits, which range from featuring musicians to visual artists, are the first of several collaborations that further deepen our growing partnership with Egyptian-Canadian artist and cultural connector Yafa Gowaily.
Interview Replay: Fan Bel Arabi x Marsoum x Qahtan Alameen talk about "Comfort In Chaos"
Qahtan Alameen and the Marsoum Art Collective launched Qahtan’s first virtual exhibition “Comfort In Chaos” in early November 2020. On December 1, 2020 our founder Abdulah went live with our latest cultural partner, Yafa Gowaily of Fan Bel Arabi (فن بالعربي من كندا / Arab Art Canada) to talk about the Marsoum Art Collective’s projects and Qahtan’s ongoing exhibition in specific. Watch the full replay here.
Introducing Qahtan Alameen: The Image Between the Present and the Past
In a guest post visual artist Karim Risan, we introduce you to the world of Qahtan Alameen, where the present and the past come together so seamlessly yet at odds with one another. Qahtan’s latest project “Comfort In Chaos” launches on on Nov. 7, 2020.
Celebrating the Launch of "Comfort In Chaos" by Qahtan Alameen

Qahtan Alameen and Marsoum Art Collective are excited to present the Toronto-based artist’s first virtual exhibition under the title of “Comfort In Chaos”. This series of new digital artworks were created in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They deal with the topics of isolation and they layers of self-reflection that came with it. “Comfort In Chaos” launched on Saturday November 7, 2020 at .

Collector's Handbook: How To Know The Artwork You’re Buying Is Real
As art collectors, we seek perfection in the art we collect. We look for pieces that add artistic and aesthetic value to our collections and homes. You can only find these characteristics in authentic artwork. In this edition of the Collector’s Handbook series, we share a tips that can protect you from buying fake art.
Going Online and “In Between The Lines” at Virtual Papier with Adel Bentounsi
Adel’s Thought Provoking Series Featured at the Inaugural Edition of Virtual Papier and on the AR Collecting app from June 4 to 21, 2020 During this unique point in human history, artists, gallerists and institutions have all been striving to...
Unveiling THE CAT PROJECT, A Virtual Exhibition by Mohammed Afefa with Dar Al-Anda
Play the recording of our first-ever livestream and learn about how this groundbreaking virtual vernissage came to be. In an online event that was the first of its kind in Jordan, Palestinian-Jordanian cartoonist and painter, Mohammed Afefa, revealed a new collection that is being exhibited exclusively online in collaboration with our primary cultural partner, Dar Al-Anda Art Gallery in Amman, Jordan.

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