Omar al-Shahabi has just finished up with his exhibition, Transition. Figurative paintings of the emotional background noise acquired through-out life culminating in the present moment of existence hope to identify what makes us who we are. Al-Shahabi, an Iraqi artist with an arts degree from Baghdad University, has opened the world's eyes to what this part of the world can produce. With a rich understanding of the human situation, al-Shahabi has focused our eyes on what we perhaps really struggle to put our finger on.
Omar al-Shahabi has previously been displayed at Qatar's Society of Fine Arts in 2014, Transition is his second solo display. More recently, this current display has been held at Qatar's Anima Gallery. The people at Anima have been specialising in exhibition, consultation and projection since 2012. Their goal is to provide a foundation stone for emerging artists from their part of the world. The art scene is notoriously difficult to get into and when artists prove their worth by making it onto the ladder it takes good media and stable foundations to keep climbing.
Al-Shahabi has created his works to help us peer back through the window of time as we see how many factors build our current frame of being. All of the positive and negative experience that has become our teacher throughout life makes our story and defines how we choose to behave. There is in fact a decent section on this topic in a book called Doctor Universe, written by myself. Never-the-less with such a deep appreciation for the human condition portrayed in a striking and visual art display, it will no doubt continue to help decision makers to appreciate the individual more.
This current exhibition is about to close, making way for more brilliant arts from the Gulf. Don't fret though, it's almost certain that Omar al-Shahabi will resurface sometime again soon.
Via The Gulf Times
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