About The Work
His early work explored the Emirati landscape: its coastlines and idyllic scenery. Not only did the artist train himself to capture a sense of place, but also a sense of time, all through the challenging and expressive medium of watercolor painting.
AbdulQader’s incessant pencil and watercolor sketches clearly defined his role in life as a perfectionist who labored to get the right balance of color through experimental techniques that he would apply to successive artworks.
Abdul Qader Al Rais
Abdul Qader Al Rais is known for both his abstract oil paintings, which draw on Arabic script and geometric forms, and his more recent landscape watercolours, which reflect his longtime interest in traditional Emirati architecture and nature.
His work has been presented in more than 30 solo exhibitions in the Middle East, Europe and United States as well as many international group exhibitions, including 1980–Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates, UAE Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, Meridian International Center and UAE Embassy, Washington, D.C. (2014). His work is also part of the collections of the British Museum, London; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Kuwait Museum of Modern Art; Sharjah Art Museum and Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman.
He is a founding member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society.
Founded in 2013 in Abu Dhabi, EMAG organises significant art shows and local heritage exhibitions, creating bonds with the international art scene and with international academic institutions. In December 2016, EMAG was the first ever privately-funded gallery from the UAE to host a large-scale exhibition in Berlin, the art capital of Europe. The “Art Nomads: Made in Emirates” exhibition announced the arrival of Emirati artists in the international art world with numerous excellent reviews in German and international media, including Harper’s Bazaar magazine. In 2017, EMAG continued to promote leading Emirati and UAE-based international artists though its participation in art fairs around the world.