Category archives: Art

Behind The Lens with Marwah Al Mugait

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A self-proclaimed photoholic and light addict, Marwah AlMugait’s childhood was immersed with art, culture and a love of travel. Finding herself in constant need to capture the perfect shot, made her realize that what started out as a hobby became a fully-fledged obsession. Creating her own studio, Marwah AlMugait Photography, AlMugait sought out to provide c[...]

Photographer Khalifa Al Misnad

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“Welcome aboard this Qatar Airways bound to Doha International airport. Estimated flight time is 42 minutes...” those were the first few words marking our “Qatar experience”. There we were, Oasis magazine, en route to Doha with an itinerary revolving around the inaugural of MATHAF: the first Arab Museum of Modern Art (covered in Issue 14) – dubbed by the Ec[...]

A Look at Urban Art

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We are all now, it seems, street.  Or can be. For sufficient pennies, that is—but in a world where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie lavish £200,000 for Banksy’s images of the urban subaltern, can the subversive retain its character, once become an investment? With its practitioners now laughing all the way to the Banksy, is subversion, vicarious and vetted, a[...]

Christie's Expands in Saudi Arabia

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Christie’s is expanding its business in the Middle East with the appointment of Hayat Shobokshi as Consultant Representative based in Saudi Arabia. Hayat’s appointment comes at a time of increased interest and excitement in the Saudi contemporary art scene and the announcement of a significant museum project in the Eastern Province. Shobokshi has joined Chr[...]

Pooya Aryanpour

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When young artists initially start their artistic journey, they are driven by the struggle of their daily lives to make it in the art world. This struggle usually adds to their creative freedom. How do you stay true to your creativity and push the boundaries when you have become financially secure? Or does this aspect have a different influence on your artis[...]

Morteza Darehbaghi

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When young artists initially start their artistic journey, they are driven by the struggle of their daily lives to make it in the art world. This struggle usually adds to their creative freedom. How do you stay true to your creativity and push boundaries when you have become financially secure? Or does this aspect have a different influence on your artistic [...]

Gulfography

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At first glance I see a pair of siren red lips, eyes blindfolded with black lace and an accusatory audio cassette, regurgitating snakes of tape. This is Rouda Al Shamsi’s “Short Life”, a striking mostly monochromatic photograph. According to the artist, on a deeper level, the work explores the fleeting nature of our lives, the metaphor being the cassette, wh[...]

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For Khalid Mezaina, lightning struck at university while learning the art of screen-printing. This new skill coupled with his love for collecting t-shirts transformed this Emirati graphic designer, illustrator and artist into an entrepreneur with the launch of his very own line of designer products which range from t-shirts, wallpapers and prints to bags and[...]

On a Higher Note | Mashrou’ Leila | LEBANON’S MUSICAL REVELATION

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When you first hear them, you think they have been at it for six million decades. It is hard to believe that they only joined forces a handful of years ago with the sole goal of having some serious fun, and accidentally cranked up the Lebanese indie music scene. For Mashrou’ Leila, it was a jam, bam, thank you ma’am kind of affair. Without even trying, they [...]

Climbing the Stairway to Heaven with Salman Ahmad

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Imagine. “Nothing to kill or die for. All the people living life in peace.” The legendary Lennon’s words live on as believers adopt Lennonism in their daily lives. Salman Ahmad follows that example. He fights to be the agent of change desired to change the world. Salman is an oxymoronic component to most, an element hard to decipher, beyond common comprehens[...]