Affordable show caters for all types of wallets

Fouzia Khan

Published — Wednesday 12 December 2012

Last update 12 December 2012 3:38 am

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For art lovers and collectors with tastes and wallets of all sizes, Jeddah Atelier Gallery of Art organized their 5th affordable art exhibition. Over 100 national and international Arab artists contributed more than 1,000 paintings, sculptures and other forms of art work.
The affordable art show is a discounted sale of art that was established by Hisham Qandeel artist and owner of the art center, to produce pieces of art that would be affordable for anyone. At the same time, the exhibition would give the artists a platform to show their talent.
The exhibition is still open for another 11 days, displaying art forms ranging from calligraphy, oil paintings, water colors, pencil drawing, graphics, portrait, sculptures to acrylic works on canvas. Famous artists as well as new, upcoming artists have produced them. All works can be bought for price starting from SR 500 up to SR 2,000.
“The importance of this exhibition is that artists from all around the Kingdom and Arab world participated. There are art works by big names, such as Taha Saban, Othman Al-Khazeem, Abdullah Hammas, Fahad Hijlan and many others. You will not find any painting more than SR 2,000,” said Qandeel.
Guest of honor and art collector Nadia Al-Zuhair Zahid appreciated the efforts of the artists and organizers to put up such a colorful event, with affordable art works that people can put in their homes and admire, even when they can’t afford to buy expensive art. “The idea behind organizing this exhibition is admirable. New artists get a push and the pieces on sale promote the talent of the younger generation,” said Al-Zuhair. This year’s exhibition is exceptional, because of the large number of participating artists and art forms, said Al-Zuhair. “We can see that the artists are growing over time and so is the exhibition,” she said.
Artist Ola Hijazi put her memories of traveling in different countries and her feelings at different times.
“Last year I based my work on words of love. This time I poured my feelings and travel experiences in different paintings. I want people to come and share what they feel and think, I want them to give their opinion,” said Hijazi.
Artist Ibtisam Qanzer also presented her first work. She used knife as a tool and experimented to develop her artwork. She made paintings of flowers and tried to put the colors in such a way that anyone who touches her painting can feel the touch of flowers petals.

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