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Posted On: 23 February 2010 11:16 am
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Artist opens a window on Qatari culture

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The year-long celebration of Doha Capital of Arab Culture provides an excellent platform for Qatari artists to show what Qatar can offer to the world in terms of culture and heritage, according to Qatari painter Yousuf Al Sada. Al Sada was speaking at the opening of his solo exhibition yesterday as part of the Doha Capital of Arab Culture 2010 events. The inauguration was graced by the presence of H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage. “This is a very good opportunity for Qatari artists as well as literary figures to show to the world what we have in Qatar,” he said. Dominant in Al Sada’s 25 paintings currently displayed at the Youth Creative Art Centre are images that signify the richness of Qatari culture and tradition including falcons, Arabian horses, dhows and ancient Arabic architecture. Al Sada effectively captured the images in different backdrops such as the desert, the sea, or simply traditional homes showing his innate sensitivity and interest in the various elemental figures that set Qatari culture and tradition apart from others and at the same time unify them with the world. Using oil on canvas, the artist employs precision and finesse to take the viewer into the true nature of his subjects. He said his creativity was driven mainly by his interest in Qatari culture. “Aside from the images depicted in my paintings right now, I also want to venture on other aspects of Qatari culture, specifically ancient architecture. Souq Waqif is a good subject for painting with regard to Qatari architecture,” he said. The chairman of Youth Creative Art Centre and fellow artist Salman Al Malik said Al Sada’s paintings revealed his great affection to daily activities that show Qatari heritage. “He expresses these scenes with an artistic vision and high sensitivity, resulting in realistic images,” Al Malik said. Al Sada said he started to take painting seriously eight years ago, inspired by his brother, who taught him the art. This is his fourth solo exhibition here though he has already participated in over a dozen group expositions, mostly in Qatar. Al Sada’s retrospective will run for two weeks and the paintings, priced from QR3,000 to QR10,000, are available for sale to interested art collectors.