‘50X50’ opens with 70 artworks on display

 27 Jul 2017 - 2:03

‘50X50’ opens with 70 artworks on display
Visitors at the opening of 50x50 exhibition in Al Markhiyah Gallery at Katara Art Center, yesterday. Pic: Kammutty VP / The Peninsula

By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula

Nearly 70 contemporary artworks by 17 Doha-based artists adorn the walls of Al Markhiya Gallery for the second instalment of “50X50” exhibition which opened on Tuesday at Katara Art Centre.
“This exhibition runs for six weeks and follows the success of the first part which was held from June 8 to July 20 and featured works by 18 artists,” Anas Ktit of Al Markhiya Gallery told The Peninsula.
There is wide diversity in the subjects of the artworks as well as the mediums and materials used in creating them, but the size of the canvases is the same for all the pieces on show, hence the title is “50X50.”
“Each artist exhibits his own style and reflects his own culture and heritage through the artworks. We didn’t have specific subject for the exhibition. The artist was free to do whatever he thought best,” Ktit said.
“The only common element is the size of the artworks which must be 50cm by 50cm,” explained Ktit.
Preparations for the exhibition started in February when each artist was provided four canvases to work on courtesy of Bissan Gallery.
“We thought 50cm by 50cm is a good size for artists to work on as well as for clients who want to buy artworks by established artists which are not that expensive,” said Ktit, explaining the exhibition concept.
In making their artworks, most of the artists focused on one concept expressed in various contexts, except for artist Ali Aboud who did a tetraptych, in which he created one abstract painting connecting all four panels.
Employing varying art mediums from acrylic and oil to mixed media and print on canvas, the artists delved into abstraction and realism in presenting wide-ranging subjects of great relevance.
The featured artists, mostly Qataris, include Ahmed Nouh, Ali Aboud, Ali Hassan, Ebtisam El Saffar, Faisal Al Abdulla, Faraj Daham, Hessa Kalla, Islam Kamil, Ismail Azzam, Lina Al Ali, Masoud Al Bloushi, Moudhi Al Hajri, Mouz Al Ajami, Mubarak Al Malik, Omar Al Shahabi, Wadha Al Sulaiti, and Wafika Sultan.
The exhibition is open to the public until September 8 at Katara Art Centre, Building 5.