So my daughter was busy this morning. Lucky girl, off enjoying a nice traditional arabic breakfast with her good friends. So I took the opportunity to go to the studio of Abbas Almosawi a local Bahraini artist.
It's crazy to think that I only live around the corner from him and have never visited. I have popped into his beautiful gallery in the Al Aali Mall before. But it was so different to be in his own work environment a luxury and temptation. To see where these blank canvases come to life so to speak. There was something almost serene about being there. The Janabiyah Gallery is flooded with light and you can get a great sense of meaning coming from the canvases. You'll probably think I'm crazy it wouldn't be the first time I have been told I am. I like Chablis but not Chardonnay yet they are from the same grape. Meaning you just know when you know what you like.
The same can be said about art. It is such a personal thing call it intuition. I think it's the brush strokes and the colours that attract me to his work. A lot of Abass's work is of the old souq and Manama. He first learned his craft with Bahraini artist Ahmed Baquer and studied in Cairo. He was a fan of the style of Sabry Ragheb one of the key developers in the development of Bahraini paintings.
If you're in Bahrain check out his work, if not pay a visit to his Webb site. I have a spot on my wall crying out for one or more of your works of art. You know what, I had my eye, no joke, on a handmade tapestry from France when I first came to Bahrain may moons ago, it took me a while but I got it! So watch this space.