Time Out takes a closer look at some of the artists exhibiting in Bahrain right now
Time Out Bahrain staff
Jaffar Al Oraibi (exhibited September 19-24)
Born in 1976, Jaffar is one of Bahrain’s foremost emerging contemporary artists. His work had been exhibited widely around the world and has been included in events such as Morocco’s Asilah Festival, the China Art Olympiad Biennale and Kuwait’s annual GCC Art Exhibition. He has won numerous awards for his work including first prize at the Qatari Diar Art Symposium and special recognition at the 32nd Annual Plastic Arts exhibit at Bahrain’s National Museum. He also took part in the group exhibition A Beautiful Mess at Al Riwaq Gallery, July 2009.
Ahmed Anan (exhibited September 25-October 1,)
Born in 1968 in Bahrain, Ahmed is a member of the Bahrain Contemporary Art Association and he has participated in many local and international exhibitions, including the Bahraini Artists Exhibition in Lebanon (1995) and Bahrain Cultural Days in Damascus, Syria (2008).
Waheeda Malullah (exhibited October 2-8)
Born in Bahrain in 1978 and a graduate of graphic design from the University of Bahrain, Waheeda is a member of the Bahrain Contemporary Art Association. She has taken part in numerous local and international exhibitions, including The First International Media Art Forum for Youth (Cairo, Egypt 2008), Africa’s First Contemporary Art Fair (South Africa 2008) and the International Festival of Contemporary Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenia 2007). Her art, playful and sarcastic, includes elements of video, photography, installation and performance. A prominent theme in her art is the role of Islamic women.
Yasmine Rasool is a 24 year-old Bahraini artist who graduated from Concordia College (Canada) in Studio Arts and Psychology. She recently participated in the experimental workshop and art exhibition A Beautiful Mess at Al Riwaq Gallery (July 2009). Her art can be defined as experimental.
Sarah Jamal Al Aradi (exhibited October 16-22)
Born in 1984 in Bahrain, Sarah graduated from the University of Bahrain in 2008. She became heavily involved in the Bahrain art scene at the beginning of the year and is tipped as one to watch for the future.
Sayed Hassan Al-Sari (exhibited October 23-29)
Sayed was born in 1978 in Bahrain and heads the Fine Arts Club of Bahrain University. He has taken part in several group exhibitions, including the Art House Exhibition 2009 and the Gulf Exhibition in Kuwait, 2009 as well as two solo exhibitions in the region.
Layla Al Rayes (exhibited October 30-November 5)
Layla is a graphic design and advertising graduate of the London College of Communication. She has participated in numerous competitions and is a regular fixture on the art scene in Bahrain and abroad.
Maha Al Sahaf (exhibiting from November 6)
Maha is a 24 year-old Bahraini artist. She graduated in Fine Arts from Concordia, Canada and is currently working as assistant curator at Al Riwaq Gallery. She is primarily an oil-based painter who is particularly interested in human behaviour and pop surrealism. She recently participated in the experimental workshop and art exhibition A Beautiful Mess at Al Riwaq Gallery (July 2009).