A unique project on art heritage is currently underway at Stal Gallery involving some seasoned Omani and international artists who have demonstrated old techniques via new media for students of art, budding artists and art lovers to understand the evolution of art.
‘Modern heritage: retrospective’, is a project of commemoration, initiated by Stal Gallery, in which artists use the lens of history, reflecting on memories from past – old artistic traditions – as a means of assessing today’s highly digitised society.
The artists have developed their own vision of this modern movement, creating contextual art variations. This cross-medium selection of artworks represents a wide range of approaches to the cultural flux that have shaped the current art scene in Oman.
The Stal Gallery project on modern heritage aims to develop conceptual thinking on the significance of heritage, within the framework of the established Omani and international artists who facilitate studies on modern heritage. It includes works from artists like Adnan al Raisi, Anwar Sonya, Nasser Palangi, Juma al Harthy, Farideh Zariv, Moosa Omar, and Idris Al Hooti. The Project will run till the end of December 2020.
Travel through time
“My paintings embody the Omani woman, wearing Lawatia outfit, one of the most famous Omani costumes in Wilayat of Muttrah. This costume is usually characterised by bright colours inlaid with golden strings.” Enaam Ahmed
“My paintings reflect my childhood memories of cities I visited in Oman, including Muscat, Nizwa, Seeb, Matrahiyyat, and I have carefully recorded their appearance today. The collages of landscape, calligraphy, traditional Omani cloth in the centre, reveal my observations.”
Idris al Hooti
“I’m inspired by the mystical Dhofar region, my homeland.”
“My works reflect elements and stories from daily life and mirror my traditional Omani roots. I use symbols and motifs, colours and textures to produce my own distinct narrative.”
My artworks talk about hope. After any sad day in our life, there is always hope for all things to get happier and beautiful.
Adnan al Raisi
“My works show the mysteries hidden in the constituent elements of the universe which have life and wisdom and are constantly on the move. My life, my artworks try to unveil this awareness and mystery. In other words, my work expresses the philosophy, the unity of existence, whether it is about visual structure or in the visual sense and concept.
“Through symbols, icons, Arabic fonts, and decorative elements, I have brought the past back to life in the present using a subtractive method to establish rhythm and decorative space. It invites viewers to travel in time and space with renewed exchanges through multiple dimensions.
Juma al Harthy
“I try to discover human interaction with the forces of nature and I am inspired by the idea of clean and free energy. My credibility as the main driver of this series of work is researching what I thought was the key to discovering the secrets of energy, frequency and vibration. The symbols of my work come from my senses and that is important to me – a feeling that emerges from an inner need.”