Showcasing Saudi culture, ‘Mobheron’ art expo makes waves in Khobar

The exhibition embraces a number of art styles, including realism, modernism and abstract art. (Farah AlSharif)
Updated 16 May 2018

Showcasing Saudi culture, ‘Mobheron’ art expo makes waves in Khobar

  • The word “Mobheron” is Arabic for “sailor” — and the Qatif artists and friends say the “Mobheron 2” exhibition at Desert Designs gallery in Alkhobar city is part of their dream to “sail the world of art.”
  • The exhibition embraces a number of art styles, including realism, modernism and abstract art, with a variety of materials on display

ALKHOBAR: Four Saudi artists have set sail across the Kingdom with a traveling art exhibition that portrays the country’s magic in a range of artistic styles.

The word “Mobheron” is Arabic for “sailor” — and the Qatif artists and friends say the “Mobheron 2” exhibition at Desert Designs gallery in Alkhobar city is part of their dream to “sail the world of art.”

Muneer Al-Hajji, one of the artists, said: “Each of us presents a unique kind of art. We have about 30 pieces that are affordable, and easy for interested buyers and art tasters to acquire.

“The art pieces in the ‘Mobheron 1’ exhibition last year were completely different than the art pieces in ‘Mobheron 2’ exhibition this year.”

The exhibition embraces a number of art styles, including realism, modernism and abstract art, with a variety of materials on display.

Some art pieces portray regions of the Kingdom and their heritage through different colors, materials and motifs.

“I started with realism art by drawing horses and then slowly moved to abstract,” said another artist, Fadhel Abushoumi.

“I mostly use black and white with certain techniques where I can mix the constant, which represents Saudi tradition, with the variables that represent the continuous progression of the land.” 

Hussain Al-Musawif, an art teacher and the sailor in the group, explained his motivation: “My work usually focuses on the sea environment because I am a sailor and obsessed with the sea. This gives me a broad dimension to work with, even with the choice of materials used.”

A third member of the group, Abbas Al-Roqaia, said: “The Kingdom is making great moves in culture and art. That it is for the advantage of all artists.

“Such steps can contribute highly to reinforcing unity in the Kingdom, showing that opportunity is for everyone and the Kingdom is for all Saudis.”


What We Are Reading Today: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

Updated 23 August 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

  • Digital minimalists are all around us

Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It is the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world.

In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives, according to a preview published on goodreads.com.

Digital minimalists are all around us. They are the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. They can get lost in a good book, a woodworking project, or a leisurely morning run. They can have fun with friends and family without the obsessive urge to document the experience.

Drawing on a diverse array of real-life examples, from Amish farmers to harried parents to Silicon Valley programmers, Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. 

He shows how digital minimalists are rethinking their relationship to social media, rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, and reconnecting with their inner selves through regular periods of solitude.

He then shares strategies for integrating these practices into your life, starting with a 30-day “digital declutter” process that has already helped thousands feel less overwhelmed and more in control.