A quiet afternoon at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi treated me to a beautiful show of Arab Contemporary Art.  I don’t know why it shocked me but it was edgy and dramatic.  Even a hint of nudity had me speechless.  With artists from all over the Arab world the ’25 Years of Arab Creativity’ showed that art in the Arab world is dynamic and very competitive to Western Art.  In fact it felt to me like it had more soul that the art I would see in my native Australia.

Beautiful Pearl Flags

Beautiful Pearl Flags

Mohammed Omar Khalil (Sudan) Fez II

Mohammed Omar Khalil (Sudan) Fez II

Mohammed Omar Khalil (Sudan) Fez II

Mohammed Omar Khalil (Sudan) Fez II

Faces

Faces

Hassan Meer (Oman) Enlightenment

Hassan Meer (Oman) Enlightenment

Hassan Meer (Oman) Enlightenment

Hassan Meer (Oman) Enlightenment

Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Coloured Prayer

Coloured Prayer

Mahi Benibeni (Morocco) Untitled

Mahi Benibeni (Morocco) Untitled

Negative

Negative

Negative

Negative

Flags

Flags

Sand Bottles

Sand Bottles

Reed Chair

Reed Chair

Ahmed Mater (Saudi) Magnetism I - IVThe actual magnet

Ahmed Mater (Saudi) Magnetism I – IV
The actual magnet

Ahmed Mater (Saudi) Magnetism I - IV<br />
The actual magnet

Ahmed Mater (Saudi) Magnetism I – IV
The actual magnet
Ahmed Mater (Saudi) Magnetism I - IV

Ahmed Mater (Saudi) Magnetism I – IV

Ahmed Mater (Saudi) Magnetism I - IV

Ahmed Mater (Saudi) Magnetism I – IV

Mutt and I playing around with the art!

Mutt and I playing around with the art!

Nadji  Mehadji (Morocco)Mystic Dance 2 & 3

Nadji Mehadji (Morocco)
Mystic Dance 2 & 3

Khaled Hafez (Egypt) Stockholm Goddess
(the nudity that surprised me!)

Khaled Hafez (Egypt)
Stockholm Goddess
(the nudity that surprised me!)

 

Khaled Hafez (Egypt) Stockholm Goddess

Khaled Hafez (Egypt)
Stockholm Goddess

Zakharia Ramhani (Morocco) Faces of Your Other

Zakharia Ramhani (Morocco)
Faces of Your Other

Granite Sculptures

Granite Sculptures

 

Yousef Ahmed (Qatar)Desert Dawn II
(made with Palm Leaf)

Yousef Ahmed (Qatar)
Desert Dawn II
(made with Palm Leaf)

Electronic Cogs

Electronic Cogs
Peace !!!

Peace !!!

Hamdan Buti Al Sharmsi (UAE) State of MindMy favourite !!

Hamdan Buti Al Sharmsi (UAE) State of Mind
My favourite !!

The artist of the region are keeping abreast to the radical changes in the Arab world.  The works were spiritual and personal that were evocative statements of emotion and personal memories.  This small snapshot shows an extensive breadth and depth to the national creative expression among the Arab world, simply stunning.

I long to spend hours surrounded by evocative art!

Blessed Be

Robyn xox