One of Bahrain's foremost contemporary artists speaks out
Time Out Bahrain staff
When did the new gallery open and where is it? We officially opened the gallery on 30 March 30 and it’s located in Janabiya after the Municipality
Is the work featured all new or do you have some older favourite pieces on show as well? The gallery consists of various new collections including women’s faces and concept pieces.
It’s previously been said that your teacher told you to draw inspiration from the ‘rag and bone’ of your country, is this still your inspiration or do you now cast your net wider? My inspiration changes from time to time but my paintings of Bahrain heritage are my well-known style and I have many people requesting the old designs since they love the idea of having Bahrain culture in their homes. However my colours now have changed and are more lively and brighter.
The souq has always been part of my life, growing up my father used to sell fruit and vegetables there so going home or to school I would always visit him there and try to help him. Now I have opened a store in the new section of the souq where I sell my paintings, so the souq will always be a part of my life and inspiration.
Your work has also recently been made available as a series of printed silk scarves, how did this come about? I have established the new scarves which are designed on my paintings, this project is really big for me since I have never collaborated between art and fashion before.
The idea came from a close friend who has always loved art but did not have enough experience to paint. Since she is fashion crazy, she decided to join the two together and create beautiful scarves that embody my paintings, they have done very well and are now out of stock till the next batch is printed. They’re available at www.annadaonline.com.
Do you have any major overseas exhibitions coming up? I do have an event happening now in Turkey and I also have upcoming events in Geneva (United Nations) as well as France (Grand Palais).