"Mashriq" Exhibition by Abdullah Dexen at the Den Gallery
Abdullah Dexen held his exhibition titled "Mashriq" on April 30th, 2018 at the Den Gallery in Kuwait. The exhibition showcased a collection of his unique calligraphy works that combined traditional Arabic calligraphy with modern design elements.
The title "Mashriq" refers to the Arabic word for the "east," which reflects the artist's exploration of culture, heritage, and spirituality. The works on display were inspired by Dexen's travels and experiences, and he used calligraphy to express his feelings and emotions about the places he visited.
The exhibition featured a diverse range of works, including large-scale calligraphic paintings. Dexen used a variety of materials and techniques to create his pieces, including ink, acrylic paint, gold leaf, and mixed media.
The exhibition received critical acclaim and attracted a large number of visitors, including art enthusiasts and members of the general public. It was also covered by local and international media outlets, which praised Dexen's innovative approach to calligraphy and his ability to blend traditional and modern elements in his work.
Through "Mashriq" and other exhibitions, Abdullah Dexen has become a leading figure in the contemporary art scene in Kuwait and the wider region. His unique approach to calligraphy has inspired a new generation of artists and has helped to enrich the cultural landscape of the Gulf region.
Den Gallery is excited to present "Shackles," an international exhibition featuring 28 talented artists from around the world. This highly anticipated exhibition showcases a diverse range of art forms, including paintings, sculptures, and installations. The artists explore a variety of themes and subjects, making it a must-see exhibition. Join us for an unforgettable experience celebrating the power of art.
FORTY THREE NARRATIVE PORTRAITS
The collection in front of you, Picture of a Young Girl, Sitting with a Flower in Hand, is inspired by the work of Mirza Ali of the Safavid Golden Age, (16th Century). An image that marks the beginning of my career as an artist at the age of 8. I learned painting by drawing this and other images in the similar style.
The idea of executing this series (FORTY THREE NARRATIVE PORTRAITS ) came to me when I revisited my old neighbourhood after years, and saw that our house and the room I was born in and held all my childhood memories, were all bulldozed and reduced to dirt, clay, and old broken bricks. Only a piece of the wall was still standing there, to revive my childhood memories of beautiful gypsum flowers. This house was in one of the city's oldest neighbourhoods, precisely behind one of the magnificent architectural masterpieces of the Safavid dynasty. From that serene, charming neighbourhood with winding alleys that brought everyone closer together, only the trunk of a dead tree was left, and nothing more.
The collection of 43 different pictures of a young girl is part of my memoire or a random conversation with myself about all the 50 years of my constant experience, albeit without the commitment to aesthetics, a symbolic combination of my life and forty years of unwanted exile.
Dedicated to all daring women who continually scratch the walls.
ViViD was an exhibition that aimed to spread positivity and encourage new artistic experiences. We believed that art has the power to create new atmospheres and inspire a new generation of artists and art lovers.
The exhibition featured a diverse range of talented artists from around the world, each with their own unique style and approach. From William Stoehr's thought-provoking portraits to Mona Nahleh's stunning abstract compositions, the artworks on display offered something for everyone.
Other featured artists included Ahmed Al Hawaj, Mohannad Orabi, Erik Formoe, Abdullah Dexen, Enes Debran, Bibi Al Khashti, Frans Smit, Noor Al Naqi, Faisal Najaf, Mukhtar Dexen, and Ali Al Hosainy.
We were thrilled to see so many people come and experience the positive energy of ViViD, and to engage with the artists and their work. The exhibition was a celebration of creativity and the power of art to connect people from different backgrounds and cultures.
We would like to thank all the artists, visitors, and everyone who made ViViD possible. It was an unforgettable experience that we hope will inspire a new generation of artists and art lovers for years to come.