Doha, Qatar (March 17, 2013) – His Excellency Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, Minister of Culture, Arts & Heritage cut the Al Asmakh International Symposium of Art 2014 together with His Excellency Mohamed Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Hassan Ibrahim Hassan Al Asmakh, Vice-president of Regency Group Holding.
More than 80 paintings created by 41 artists from 14 countries at the recent Al Asmakh International Symposium of Art 2014 will soon replace the last year edition paintings and will cover the walls of Wyndham Grand Regency Doha as the hotel’s initial step to be an art hub.
The subject, techniques and media used in the paintings were varied yet the theme was centred on Qatar, making an impressive collection that would delight every guest to the hotel.
“This 2nd edition paintings are very powerful because they were created by artists who are experienced and renowned. People who are into arts, who have seen the paintings were all amazed by them,”
During the week-long symposium, the artists stayed in a camp at Sealine beach where they each created two paintings inspired by Qatar and its culture.
“At the beginning it was difficult for us because it’s far away and we stayed in a tent but we loved it, we stayed as a family as we did the paintings,” said Tunisian painter Sonia Said, lauding the organizers of the unique event.
Sonia Said, who has been recognized many times as a surrealist and impressionist artist came up with paintings inspired by dreams and illusions.
Contemporary artist Nissrine Seffar said she would cherish the wonderful experience being with artists from all corners of the world, “working together and sharing ideas and thoughts.”
“Qatar has inspired me creating works based on what I see around me. I always have a camera with me to take pictures of the things I see and later use them as basis of my paintings,” she explained.
Faizal Al Abdallah, a Qatari painter, has always been fascinated by Art and dreamt all his life to become a famous Qatari Artist which he is realizing step by step.
“I am very proud that Qatar is now a renowned Art Hub. I really want to thank the efforts of our emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani and Sheikha Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani for such great efforts to put Qatar on the International Art Scene” Said Faycal Al Abdullah.
The artists came from Egypt, Lebanon, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Netherlands, India, Russia, Bangladesh and Morocco.
Under the motto of “Hand in Hand for One Art and One Destiny,” the symposium offered a diverse line-up of events for the artists including a series of lectures, workshops and museum visits.
Hassan Ibrahim Hassan Al Asmakh said “we are proud of the success of this year symposium. We got really an excellent feedback from the ministry of culture, arts & heritage and his Excellency Mohamed Saleh Al Sada, minister of energy. I really want to thank his Excellency Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz al Kuwari, minister of culture, arts & Heritage for believing in our project and for supporting us. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Hamad Bin Jassem Al Tani, Barwa Bank chairman for being our partner this year and Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO.”