TheFace: Ahlam Alshedokhi, doctor of medicine, artist

Dr. Ahlam Alshedokhi. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 17 May 2018

TheFace: Ahlam Alshedokhi, doctor of medicine, artist

  • Dr. Ahlam Alshedokhi has always had an interest in the humanities
  • Society and the self are common sources of inspiration for Alshedokhi

Although a doctor of medicine and not the arts, Dr. Ahlam Alshedokhi has always had an interest in the humanities. Looking at the world through an analytical eye and with a love of colors, she began to see the power of expression through painting. Her artistic journey started in 2004, working with oil and acrylic, and she eventually contributed works to several local exhibitions in her home city of Riyadh before expanding to other art hubs in the region.

Society and the self are common sources of inspiration for Alshedokhi, with the exploration of the individual versus the collective identity a core focus of her art. Her style features an unexpected combination of realism and the abstract, with an overarching minimalistic approach to both.

With a firm belief in the ability of art to convey a message; the goal of her work is to create pieces that speak to and engage with the audience.

“As we grow older we lose touch with the center of imagination in our brains and with our creativity, becoming stuck in the limits of our routine lives and forgetting the wilderness beyond,” she said. “Art brings the magic back, the magic of imagination that allows us to express the vast range of emotions which does not always fit our limitations — art opens our minds and our hearts.” 


Saudi Arabia participates in GCC archaeology exhibition

The pavilion features a series of documentaries on Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage. (SPA)
Updated 21 January 2020

Saudi Arabia participates in GCC archaeology exhibition

  • Saudi Arabia’s pavilion hosts, 55 artifacts and relics covering different eras, including from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, represented by the national heritage sector at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), is taking part in the 6th Joint Periodic Exhibition on the Archaeology of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Arab States in Kuwait.
The exhibition, held under the supervision of the secretary-general of the GCC, in partnership with the Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature, opened last Wednesday at the National Museum of Kuwait and will run until Feb. 15.
The Kingdom’s pavilion hosts, 55 artifacts and relics covering different eras, including from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods.
The pavilion also features a series of documentaries on the Kingdom’s cultural heritage, a number of publications by the antiquities and museums sector on different areas of cultural heritage, as well as a collection of photographs and historical information on Saudi Arabia’s cultural depth.