Paintings by distinguished artists showcased in 2-day event
KUWAIT CITY, April 27, (KUNA): The Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature (NCCAL) launched Monday evening the “Ramadan Flashes” virtual plastic exhibition via “Zoom” application. The exhibition displays paintings of 66 plastic artists from Kuwait and Arab countries. The assistant secretary- general for the arts sector at the council, Dr. Bader Al-Duwaish, told the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the exhibition, which is held over two days witnessed a great turnout on the first day, and its repercussions were felt in several countries because of the display of distinguished paintings by distinguished artists. Al-Duwaish emphasized the permanent interest of the NCCAL in spreading art, providing constant support to artists, organizing various exhibitions and participating in them inside and outside Kuwait.
For his part, artist Dr. Salman Al- Hajri from the Sultanate of Oman told KUNA he is participating in the exhibition with a painting in Arabic calligraphy, and that on the second day of the exhibition he held a seminar under the title ‘Plastic Art and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’. Al-Hajri thanked the NCCAL for the invitation to participate in this exhibition. He said it is not strange for the State of Kuwait to organize such distinguished events as it has shown keen interest to support art and artists for a long time. He explained the Arabic calligraphy and lettering are related to the spiritual aspect of the Muslims, and its importance this month is evidenced by his great presence on the plastic scene and re-shedding light on this .experiences that deal with Arabic letters, Islamic decorations and Islamic architecture
Artist Ibtisam Al-Asfour from Kuwait told KUNA she participated in the exhibition with a painting of the Kuwait folklore, inspired by the ancient Ramadan customs, which are the preparation for the advent of the holy month. Al-Asfour stated that her painting shows a number of women putting wheat grains in a container called (biased) to separate the chaff from the grains, accompanied by a kind of ‘Ashurite’ art songs, and children around them rejoicing this atmosphere. She stated this scene disappeared as a result of the development of life as everything has now been commercial and available in stores, pointing out that this custom is considered a legacy that should be documented and preserved for the new generations to introduce them to the past of their ancestors and how their lives were before the discovery of oil in addition to cultural exchange and the definition of similar heritage, customs and traditions in the Gulf countries.
Artist Salwa Hajar from Saudi Arabia told KUNA she is happy for being chosen from among an elite group of artists to participate in the Ramadan Flashes in Kuwait, the .country of humanity, art, sophistication and civilized progress. Hajar indicated that her work is distinguished by its Islamic heritage elements, mosques, letters, and beautiful color relations, which refl ects the Arabic calligraphy with Islamic civilization. Artist Maryam Al-Zadjali from the Sultanate of Oman told KUNA she is participating in this plastic exhibition that brings together a large number of artists and presents the masterpieces of their artistic creations with two paintings that express the folk heritage associated with the customs, traditions and rituals .practiced during the blessed month of Ramadan.