At Modern Arabesque we visited K Gallery, Dubai, where artist Mohamed Al-Astad is holding his solo exhibition "Techniques", which began on Sunday, January 2, 2022.
A new art reckoned for the United Arab Emirates, free from any restrictions, and from any traditional art materials, instead of a brush, he has a shovel, and instead of a studio, he has a beach. Mohamed uses the forces of the environment around him to form evocative and memorable phrases.
Born in the coastal Al Hammadi tribe of Khorfakkan, Mohamed Al-Astad is the first Emirati to earn a bachelor's degree in graphic design, graduating in 1998 from American University in Washington, DC. During the past 28 years, he has participated in more than 300 group exhibitions and 20 solo shows nationally, regionally, and internationally.
In our conversation with Al-Astad, he said that his artistic journey was rich in many participations in local, regional, and international exhibitions, in addition to various techniques, including realism, surrealism, and contemporary art, all the way to the creation of his new art " The Art of Beach Pearls", where he used sand itself as a catalyst and iron filings, rust combined with his artistic thought, vision, and love of the beach, its coasts and waves, as well as the special conditions of tides, temperature, humidity and pressure results in art. The work is buried for a week on the beach, and after the painting is finished, it is either left as it is or modified with some additions such as shadows and lights...
And he ended by saying:
“There is no pandemic or corona that will stop us from our ideas and our opposition and spreading our message.”
From Modern Arabesque, we thank the artist Mohamed Al-Astad for this interview, and we invite you to visit the exhibition, which continues until January 26 at K Gallery, Dubai, so do not miss the opportunity to visit it.
Mabelle Milane
Modern Arabesque