Salwa Zeidan Gallery, Abu Dhabi
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Founded in 1994 in Abu Dhabi, Salwa Zeidan Gallery specialises in Contemporary Art, representing established and emerging artists from around the globe. The gallery features works in a variety of mediums from paintings, photography and sculptures to installation and performance art. The gallery was founded by Salwa Zeidan, a painter, sculptor and curator. In addition to nurturing local talent through supporting emerging artists, the gallery represents many of the region’s most prominent artists. Salwa Zeidan Gallery annually participates in regional and international art fairs. In 2014, the gallery launched the Middle East’s first online gallery, offering artists from the region an international platform from which to present their artworks.
Exhibiting artists: Abdul Aziz Al-Fadli, Fatema Al Mazroui, Hussain Sharif, Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi, Saoud Al Dhaheri
Abdul Aziz Al-Fadli
Abdul Aziz Al-Fadli is an artist and a calligrapher from the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. Influenced by great Arab and Turkish calligraphers and world painters, he developed a classical artistic style rich in structure and colour. He then enriched his talent with further studies and analysis of Arabic calligraphy. Al-Fadli shaped his talent and developed an individual style that may sometimes seem unconventional, yet still sticking to common rules. He is a researcher in Islamic social and philosophical heritage, a poet and a writer and he has also studied music and photography and has worked in theatre. His artistic talent thus became an innovative scientific and artistic combination manifested in his unique paintings which seem more like a symphony or a poem honouring the Arabic letter. He has participated in many exhibitions locally and abroad, including at the Salwa Zeidan Gallery, where he has signed a representation agreement.
Fatema Al Mazroui
Fatema Al Mazroui was born in Abu Dhabi, where she currently resides. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and Design from Zayed University in the UAE. Her artistic career took off at the Salwa Zeidan Gallery where she participated in most of the gallery group shows. Her first auctioned painting was at Sotheby’s in 2010 and she was a featured artist at Abu Dhabi Art in 2013. Her work recently earned her a spot amongst the 50 representative Emirati artists at the Art Foundation in Paris, France. After she joined the Salwa Zeidan Gallery in 2009, major collectors in the UAE acquired her artworks for their private collections, and her work is also currently on display at the Yas Viceroy hotel and the Hilton Rocco Forte in Abu Dhabi. Fatema’s artwork focuses on the notion of a woman and the Muslim woman stereotype, in particular.
Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi
Hamdan was born in Al Ain in 1981 and is a self-taught photographer, graphics designer and amateur writer. He won his first ever prize during his primary education as well as winning first prize in drawing and short story writing in his first year at UAEU. He has participated in a number of group exhibitions around the UAE. He has freelanced as a website and graphic designer and has been working as a school teacher, teaching English, for five years. He also taught graphic design and photography. He has received the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship, which is organised in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design. He also taught courses in photography with the Abu Dhabi Educational Council and digital college workshops at FUNN: Sharjah Media Arts for Youth and Children. Recently, he has been selected to create work for the Expo 2020 campaign.
Hussain Sharif was born in 1961 in Dubai, UAE. He studied at the High Institute of Kuwait and graduated with a degree in theatre design in 1986. He then worked as Head designer at Sharjah TV and began exhibiting his works in the UAE. His interest in the performing arts led him to explore the art world with the aim of tracing his predilection for the arts; this progression is visible in many of his works. Through his work, Sharif comes in direct contact with his creative instincts to tap into the essence of inspiration. Sharif’s creations represent a form of expression where the methodical, forceful and obstinate will to reduce the creative tension is taken to the limit of the physically defined ‘object’. The ‘conversation’, often addressed towards society, is almost evident and reveals itself through dim chromatist shades that suggest an undeclared feeling.
Saoud Al Dhaheri
Saoud Saeed Al Dhaheri is an Emirati artist from Al Ain. He was attracted to art early; sketching seemed to flow naturally from him and continued to fascinate him throughout his education. He has since completed voluntary work in the photographic field around the UAE and he has been commissioned by ADACH to digitally paint five walls for Al Qattara Art Centre in Al Ain. He was selected to be one of the 40 designers who got the chance to display and sell their products in the DXB Store, a not-for-profit space designed to showcase limited edition objects, all designed and made in the UAE. The DXB store was based in three venues: Art Dubai in Madinat Jumeirah, Sikka in Bastakiya and Design Days Dubai in Downtown Dubai. He has received many appreciation certificates and has exhibited with inter craft gallery through W.G.S.F London And Christie’s auction house.
Saoud Al Dhaheri
Until The Stars Are All ALIGHT, 2017
Mixed media on canvas acrylic paint, acrylic flex and vintage Japanese plastic figure
15 X 15 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Salwa Zeidan Gallery, Abu Dhabi