Category archives: Art

'Messages' A Powerful Exhibition by Nasser Al Aswadi

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Nasser Al Aswadi “Messages, Rasayhil” reveals subtly in layers the abyssal depths of humanity. Powerful and gentle, as a spiritual art writing to our soul, to our heart, to our mind and to our eyes. Abundance, generosity, humility, authenticity are all adjectives that characterise the work of Nasser Al Aswadi, a discreet artist who invites us to loo[...]

Saudi Design Week Turns Riyadh into a Design Hub

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The first edition of Saudi Design Week celebrated Saudi Arabia and its creative scene by hosting a series of events across the capital, Riyadh. The event, which aimed to create a platform to discuss design hosted a series of events, curated exhibitions and series of talks that covered multiple disciplines from decorative art, design, to art, photography, typ[...]

DjerbaHood

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1 village - 150 artists - 30 nationalities This summer, under the cool breeze of the village of Djerba in Tunisia, 150 artists from 30 different nationalities came together, by invitation from Itinerrance gallery, to bring a new life to this small town. Itinerrance gallery, founded in 2004 by Mehdi Ben Cheikh, has a goal to promote the recognition of stre[...]

Dignity

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Over 200 art lovers came together at Alaan Artspace, in Riyadh, on the night of Tuesday, June 3rd, to appreciate the fine art of Saudi photography, and to contribute to a worthy cause. Riyadh+Acumen, a volunteer chapter in support of Acumen, organized the 2nd DIGNITY exhibit, which was curated by Banafsajeel, a cultural plat- form facilitating the exchange [...]

Arabic Typography

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The Arab world is made up of 19 countries spread over two continents. The main thing that joins us together is the Arabic language and hence the importance of design play, Arabic typography, and calligraphy... “The Arab world is made up of 19 coun- tries spread over two continents.The main thing that joins us is the Arabic language and hence[...]

The Art of Collecting with Dr. Alfredo Gysi

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Oasis Magazine talks to Dr. Alfredo Gysi, BSI Bank’s CEO, about the BSI art collection, the importance of art, and the exciting projects and artists that BSI is involved with. Why is it important for BSI to present and showcase art works to the public and also to support and sponsor major art and cultural affairs? Our commitment to arts permeates our ident[...]

Creativity Loves Company

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It’s a story as old as time. One person, striving for change in the status quo, yearning for community, daring to take that extra step, stands in front of a crowded room of peers and superiors, and spins in a circle until she gets dizzy. Okay, so not everyone opts for the spinning technique, but when Soraya Darwish spun her heart out at the King Abdulaziz U[...]

In Conversartion with Talal Obeid

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Talal Obeid, a multidisciplinary designer born in Jahra, Kuwait, and currently living in rural North Carolina with three cats and a dog and his beautiful wife, is an entirely self-taught designer. “I don’t pride myself in my lack of academic credentials” says Obeid “but I do take pride in where my concentrated efforts took me without Academia’s help. I like [...]

Jameel Prize 3: Celebrating Islamic Art

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The Jameel Prize began in 2009 as a partnership between the V&A and the Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives, aimed to raise awareness of the merging between contemporary art and Islamic design traditions, and hoping to foster debate about Islamic art and culture as a whole. With £25,000 on the line as the prize purse, it’s no wonder that there were [...]

Underground Art

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An art program was launched last year to shape London’s cultural landscape where you wouldn’t expect at first, but where it will make a world of a difference to the millions of people that will pass through it every single day: the new Crossrail subway line currently in construction. We are creatures blessed to live beneath an infinite sky and unimagined he[...]