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.
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.
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.
Author and art critic Tom Jørgensen dives into the Universe of Bente Christensen-Ernst. Excerpt: "When looking at the art of Bente Christensen-Ernst one is not left in doubt. Although being a Danish citizen, her realism is the southern type. She is an "Easternised" Scandinavian. And this is meant as a compliment."
On December 18th, the Arabic language is celebrated in all its glory. The language is commemorated and appreciated for its richness as a pillar of cultural diversity. One artist with a deep appreciation for the Arabic script is the internationally acclaimed Mouneer Al-Shaarani, who uses calligraphy art to inspire the people of his nation in Syria. By creating highly intellectual work that reflects his interest in modern poetry and literature, as well as Islamic, Christian and Sufi philosophy, Al Shaarani creates art for people to connect with and feel.