Demand for Qatari artworks remains strong despite blockade

 31 Jul 2017 - 3:43

Demand for Qatari artworks remains strong despite blockade
Qatari artist Lina Al Ali with her paintings on display at the “50X50” exhibition at Al Markhiya Gallery at Katara Art Centre. Pic: Kammutty V P / The Peninsula

By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula

Demand for contemporary artworks created by local artists remains strong despite ongoing blockade.
With prices ranging from QR2,500 to QR19,000, some of the pieces on display “50X50” exhibition which recently opened at Al Markhiya Gallery in Katara Art Centre were already sold out even prior to the exhibition opening.
The second instalment of “50X50” exhibition, which features mostly Qatari artists, as well as its predecessor have been well-received by art collectors and enthusiasts.
“There is demand for artworks by Qataris and residents because of their interesting concepts which collectors like. The clients like the artworks and they are interested in buying them. This exhibition and our previous ones offer really interesting artworks, with good concept and quality,” Anas Ktit of Al Markhiya Gallery, a leading private art gallery in Doha, told The Peninsula at the recent opening of the show.
On display at the exhibition are 67 artworks made by 17 artists using various mediums. The artworks which are mostly paintings in 50cm by 50cm size are available for sale at affordable prices.
The idea of having a two-part exhibition of 50cm by 50cm art pieces works not only for artists but also for collectors and art enthusiasts who can purchase affordable pieces made by established artists, said Ktit, adding the first part of the exhibition held from June 8 to July 20 did very well.
“I’m happy because two of my four paintings are already sold. I’m pleased to present my artworks here and I look forward to joining more exhibitions in the future,” Qatari artist Lina Al Ali told The Peninsula at the exhibition launch.


Qatari artist Wadha Al Sulaiti with her paintings on display at the “50X50” exhibition at Al Markhiya Gallery at Katara Art Centre. Pic: Kammutty V P / The Peninsula


This is the first time for Al Ali to join in an exhibition in Al Markhiya Gallery, though her works have already been featured in other exhibitions in Qatar and abroad. For this exhibition, she delves into the subject of women from various cultures.
“I like to draw women. That’s my own signature. I expand my knowledge about women from different cultures by reading a lot and interacting with friends from other countries,” she said, while explaining her paintings which depict portraits of women garbed in colourful traditional costumes.
On her view of the future of Qatar’s art scene, Al Ali, who has worked as an art teacher for 20 years and an illustrator of children’s stories, said, “I think Qatar is very near to becoming a global centre for art.”
Wadha Al Sulaiti, an established Qatari artist whose works have been featured numerously in Al Markhiya Gallery exhibitions, said she is also active in social media specifically on Instagram where prospective art collectors can check out her latest works.
“I started my career in painting ten years ago.”
I use social media platforms such as Instagram where people who are interested to buy my works can see them,” said Al Sulaiti.
“For this exhibition, I have four paintings which exude traditional feel through Arabic calligraphy representing ancient Qatari heritage.”
The colour is inspired by the sea and I fused Arabic calligraphy pertaining to the traditional women’s dress,” she explained.
Other featured artists include Ahmed Nouh, Ali Aboud, Ali Hassan, Ebtisam El Saffar, Faisal Al Abdulla, Faraj Daham, Hessa Kalla, Islam Kamil, Ismail Azzam, Masoud Al Bloushi, Moudhi Al Hajri, Mouz Al Ajami, Mubarak Al Malik, Omar Al Shahabi and Wafika Sultan.