Have you seen the new fascinating street art around Doha? Introduced in November 2020, JEDARIART is a new initiative by Qatar Museums in partnership with different organizations and institutions that aim to bring the city walls to life with the unique works of different artists in Qatar. The new murals will also serve as additional attractions not just for visitors to Qatar but also for its citizens and residents.
Here's a list of the artists and some of the murals' photos, along with their locations to help you in your DIY tour of the new murals in the city!
Don't forget to use the hashtag #OurPublicArt when you post the pictures of these murals on social media!
A woman wearing a batoola holding an incense burner is frequent in Mubarak Al Malik's works and other elements representing Arabic culture and tradition. This black and white piece is in contrast to his more animated mural located in Al Abraj Park. His other public art can be found in Qatar Academy, Katara Cultural Village, and Hamad International Airport.
Inspired by Qatar's nature, culture, and colors, Nada Khozestani's women in colorful abayas can be found on one of the Doha Fire Station Gallery walls.
Dimitrije Bugarski, known as DeeDee, also made a striking piece once again at Doha Fire Station. His mural is called "Head Above Water." His most famous piece is H.H. the Amir and Father Amir's portrait at the tower of Doha Fire Station for the "100 Days of Blockade."
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Another eye-catching piece you can find in the Doha Fire Station is Noura's surrealist "shroomy ladybug." She said she chose the ladybug because it symbolizes luck, while the mushroom symbolizes magic and power. "Together, they create a symbol of manifesting a wonderful life," says Noura in her Instagram post.
In addition to the pieces above, you'll also find Huda Basahal's "Be Like a Fish" at Doha Fire Station. She describes her paintings to be "at the intersection of abstraction and realism.”
What do you think is the message that her piece wants to convey?
Michael Perrone's 22-m wide "Home and Away" was executed by his friends and former students and you'll be able to see it when you drive through the Doha Festival City Interchange.
“It is my hope, that by sharing a part of my ‘American Life’ with people from my ‘Life in Qatar’, I will be able to ease the emotional gulf caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and our new social isolation."
One of Abdulaziz Yousef's piece for Jedariart is an interpretation of a man wearing a thobe. You can also find his other piece outside Msheireb Metro station, which embodies family gatherings and interconnectedness.
Maryam aims to tell and enrich the stories of Qatari traditions through her art. Maryam is also the founder of Doha Art Hub.
Outside QNL Metro station, you'll find Alanoud AlGhamdi's artistic Arabic calligraphy, which displays a verse from the Quran: "oh my Lord, increase my knowledge."
Thamer Al Dossari is another popular graffiti artist in Qatar and one of the artists selected for the "100 days of blockade" initiative displayed at Doha Fire Station.
The Arabian horse and the falcon in Qatar's national colors are on prominent display in Haifa's bright-colored piece for JEDARIART.
Shuaa Al Kuwari's love for Cubism is reflected in her vibrant piece.
"Maha enjoys experimenting and breaking boundaries with different mediums and working in multidisciplinary fields," according to her Qatar Museums bio.
Muna Al Bader is a Qatari artist known as "Artist of Blue." She was a Qatari art ambassador in 2019. Aside from being an artist, she's also an IT engineer and MBA holder.
An artist and a scientist, Sharefa's piece is a whimsical display of colors and surrealism.
A self-taught artist, Abdulla Alemadi's piece is not only full of colors but also reflects where he draws inspiration from - "manuscript illustrations, mythologies from different cultures as well as the surrealist movement."
"Aisha Al-Fadhala is an emerging Qatari artist best known for her playful, as well as colorful elements she tends to include in her artworks. Pop Art has long been an interest for Aisha due to its vibrancy in terms of colors as well as the accessibility of adding hidden concepts that could possibly go unnoticed by most viewers." (Doha Fire Station)
Traditional and modern calligraphy are the main elements in Fatima's piece in which she brings to life written words.
Source: Qatar Museums
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