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Posted On: 31 July 2008 09:01 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:08 pm

Souq Wagif rides the rainbow

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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Artists participating in the Qatari Diar Art Symposium unveiled their finished masterpieces on the subject of Souq Waqif in an exhibition which started yesterday. Art enthusiasts thronged the gallery at Waqif Art Centre to feast their eyes on the varied artworks displayed at the two-day event. Transiting in Doha, young Japanese musician Masato Ogawa said: "I like the colouring of this painting. it looks like our traditional kimono with the combination of black and red." He was fascinated with the work of Zaman Jassim (Saudi Arabia) which resembles a heap of ethnic fabrics. But his favourite, he said, was a painting by Hayam Abdul Baky (Egypt) showing a large gathering of people because it was "lively and merry." Abakker, another visitor at the exhibition, was mesmerised by the work of Salim Mathkur Sajet (Iraq) personifying a man whiling away his time after a tiring labour. "It looks very real," he said. On his face, one can see his willingness to engage in work despite its demands, he added. The realist paintings by Ismail Azzam (Iraq) which resonate the hustle and bustle of Souq Waqif drew people in hordes. Some artists even use other media to let out their impressions on Souq Waqif. The work of Wassim Al Marzouki portrayed Arab women in a mosaic of paper and hues. Other crowd pullers were the works of Abdul Rahman Al Mutawa (Qatar), Saba Hamza (Iraq), Ali Azzam (Palestine) and Nadia Mogaba (Egypt). The three best paintings will be honoured during an awards ceremony at 7.30 tonight. The Pen