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Local Artists in Spotlight
When? Ongoing - May 27
Event? Exhibition
Venue? Albareh Art Gallery, Adliya

Two leading Bahraini artists, calligrapher Abdel Elah Al Arab and artist and sculptor Jamal Abdul Rahim, are showcasing their latest works at a joint exhibition - Alphabets and Sculptures, at Albareh Art Gallery.

Abdel Elah Al Arab was born in Manama in 1954. He studied in Egypt and received a diploma in Calligraphy in 1978 and a specialised diploma in line, gilding and decoration in 1980 and has trained under the tutelage of the distinguished Egyptian calligrapher Sayed Ibrahim.

Known for his precision, he gives form to Arabic calligraphy in an expressive, harmonious and skilful manner.

He employs Islamic calligraphy, focusing on the Islamic Kufi text and his artwork ranges from classic inscriptions in black and white to fine art pieces rendered against colourful backgrounds swirling in tones of green, red, yellow, turquoise, black and gold. He is the founder of the Arabic Calligraphy School in Bahrain, a co-founder of the Bahrain Arts Society and he was entrusted with writing the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Jamal Abdul Rahim was born in Muharraq in 1965 where he continues to live and work today. Not following any particular school or technique, Jamal applies his modern touch in a seemingly random fashion, moulding all the things surrounding him in an artistic form, be it paintings, etchings, prints or sculptures. He has exhibited extensively in the region and internationally and has received numerous awards. His works are held in private and public collections including that of the British Museum and the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore.

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