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Qatari Artist and storyteller Lina Al-Aali

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Lina Al-Aali is an artist, author, certified trainer and former member of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Society of Fine Arts. She’s taken part in many art exhibitions and also penned a couple of storybooks. In addition, she has also been associated with a number of private and public organisations and participated in educational and social works with them.

Lina is a mother and a wife and is also a member of the International Society of Arts in Doha; visual arts coordinator at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education; member of the jury of the primary book for the future children’s writer; member of the Qatar Authors Forum; and former member of the theatrical season evaluation committee 2018.

Using art as an expression of oneself

Lina has been part of the art fraternity in Qatar for over 21 years now after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Qatar University (she went to the Raba'a Al Adawia High School for her schooling, but her love for art has been with her since she was a child, when realised that she had a passion for creativity. She uses her art to express her inner self and has carved a niche for herself in Qatar’s art world. She believes that one has to continuously practice or we don't live up to our best, so it's important to continue educating oneself.

Using storytelling to satisfy the child within

Lina has received awards for her writings and books. She has also taken an initiative regarding literature for children with the Qatar Forum for Authors 2020 with the aim of raising children's minds and imagination and to enrich their creative language, as well as improving the creative content that is presented to them in a way that strongly supports children's spiritual education. As a story writer, Lina still feels like a child from within, and that’s probably why she writes stories for children.

About her love for reading and writing, this is what she told the Gulf Times:

"The child (Lina) loves to write for herself. Since my childhood, I have loved reading the stories of Mickey Mouse and then I moved to the stories of Agatha Christie [English writer] and Anis Mansour [Egyptian writer]."

She started writing for the kids to participate in the Children’s Literature Award. After that, she released two books with Rosa Publishing House and three stories with Hamad Bin Khalifa Publishing House.

Her books include “Adeedah Hababa", "The Book with Legs", "Desert Rose", and "Al Yarawa". her latest book includes six historical stories.

Qatari Artist and storyteller Lina Al-Aali
Image credit: Lina Al-Aali

Developing a signature style that’s one’s own

Lina has been painting for such a long time that she now has her own signature style which sets her art apart from other artists. She uses acrylic colours most of the time, but you can sometimes find her paintings done in charcoal or leas as well.

According to Workinton:

“Her work moves on two tracks, expressive about women in a modern way that envies the past with the present and the future. There is a strong relationship between women, laws, and the sea."

Lina explains this further in the Gulf Times:

“What distinguishes my artistic line is the expression of the woman in my own style. It is within me and it is an expression.”

To see some of the artwork she has done, click HERE and HERE.

Artists must adopt a style that is their own

Lina's message for emerging artists is that the first thing they should do is adopt a style that's specific to them, and not copy a style that is someone else's They should try a number of different art forms and methods to find their own style.

She believes it's important to be able to convince yourself about something, or you won't be able to convince other people either.

Qatari Artist and storyteller Lina al-Aali
Image credit: Workinton

Spreading positivity through art

Lina is full of praise for artists in Qatar because they have been spreading positivity through their art and for His Highness The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani ever since the blockade started in June 2017. This is what she told Workinton:

“Qatar is like a mother for us. We all belong to it. As an artist, I continue to spread a positive message among the community by painting to show how Qatar is avoiding the bad words used against it by the blockading countries. We are not responding to the bad words on social media. Our response has been that we love Qatar and the Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani more.”
Qatari Artist and storyteller Lina al-Aali
Image credit: Peninsula Qatar

Being part of many different art exhibitions

She has been part of a diverse range of art exhibitions which include: ‘Zhou’ in April 2016; a joint exhibition ‘Female Features’ 2017; Exhibition in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 2019; Qatar National Exhibition 2014 – 2015; the Ardu 2015; the ‘Metro Art’ 2016, International Art Exhibition ‘Mushroom’ 2017; Al Khalabi Creativity Forum 2016; Qatar Through Your Eyes Exhibition 2016; Bahrain Art Forum (Hind Gallery) 2017; Katara Murals 2017; Creative Art Exhibition in Fire Department 2017; International Women’s Day Exhibition at Hamad Bin Khalifa University 2017; International Artists Exhibition, Dubai April 2017; ‘Loving the Nation’ in Gulf Mall; ‘House of Wisdom’ exhibition at the Ministry of Culture 2017; 50x50 Exhibition in Markhiya Gallery; International Art Society exhibition in Doha 2018; Kuwait Symposium 2018; The Arab Artists Symposium in China 2018; Al-Othman House Museum, Kuwait 2019; Qatar Society of Fine Arts Exhibition 2019; ‘Feelings’ exhibition Jordan 2019; and Gallery 50 in 50, Al Markhiya Gallery 2020.

Intrigued by Lina Al-Aali? Why not check out her social media page to get to know her and her art better:

Instagram: @linaalaali

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