Artist Of The Month: Rana Almaghlouth


We explore the work of a 26-year old Saudi expressionist painter.

What do you do other than painting?
I work as a communications engineer at Saudi Aramco.

What’s your medium?
My medium is heavy body acrylic paint. I use brushes but my go to tools are palette knives. There’s just something about the use of palette knives that gives the painting a more vivid and powerful feel.tempest-150x120cm

What kind of artworks inspire you?
Artworks that are more focused on expression through shapes and color. The beauty of abstract art is that its sole purpose is to express as opposed to delivering a message or telling a story. Like any other form of art, the end result is important but with abstract expressionism, the artist is more interested in the process of creation rather than how a painting may turn out. It’s what experience and energy you are gaining or releasing throughout the process that matters.

Who are your favorite artists?
Rothko, J.M.W. Turner, Theodor Alexander, Jackson Pollock, and Helen Frankenthaler.bio3

Why do you paint?
There’s something about painting that is quite energizing, and you are releasing that energy and transforming it into something that is visual. My process is a more intuitive one, with a focus on “dynamic and energetic” gesture which allows me to value the process. This technique allows for continuous improvisation and exploration across the canvas, it leaves room for experimentation which is the essence of creation.settle

What’s the hardest part of being a painter?
Dedication. A lot of people think that talent is something that is just given to you when in most cases, it’s about putting in the hours. The only reason why I am able to paint the way I can now is because I chose to invest in painting. Because I work in layers, a lot of my paintings require that I paint continuously for 12 hours per layer. The only way you learn new techniques, especially with knife painting, is if you experiment and allow yourself to explore, that takes time.screen-shot-2017-08-22-at-3-42-43-pm

Most fun piece you worked on? Why?
A triptych, 4 x 2.5 m commission seascape painting that I am currently working on. I’ve always enjoyed working on larger scale canvases. With size you are create a greater impact for the viewer.arctic-140x100cm

What are you planning to do with your paintings?
Most of my paintings are put up for sale unless reserved for upcoming shows, some are currently being displayed in Jeddah and Kuwait, others are commissions.screen-shot-2017-08-22-at-3-42-07-pm

What would you do if you weren’t a painter?
Not being a painter is not an option for me but if it were, I think my current day job would keep me busy enough. If we’re talking hypothetically, it would be in oceanology.img_9645

Instagram: ranamagh

Twitter: ranaalmaghlouth


Artist’s Corner: Maha Al Farhoud


Meet our emerging artist of the month!

Name: Maha Al Farhoud AGE: 23
Occupation: Computer Science & Digital Media

Can you tell us about yourself?
A lost 23-year old who just graduated from the field of Computer Science & Digital Media at Prince Sultan University.

What do you do when you’re not making art?
You’ll find me binge watching Mad Men or watching tutorials.screen-shot-2017-07-22-at-2-12-52-pm

What’s your medium? What got you into it?
My medium is mainly videography but I’ve lately been dabbling with graphic design and animation. What got me into it was by watching movies and thinking of wanting to make something like that. I’ve always wanted to make my own, hopefully I will someday, for now I’m trying to find my style and learn more technical skills to be able to grow in this field.

What kind of artworks inspire you?
I’d say all types of artwork inspire me but I think music is inspiring me the most lately.screen-shot-2017-07-22-at-2-13-07-pm

Why do you do art?
I honestly do it to get the ideas that are in my head out and I find joy in working on any project that comes up.

How would you describe your style?
I’m still trying to figure that out and that’s why if you visit any of my social media platforms you won’t find a lot of work because I keep changing and deleting, but I’ve been experimenting with a lot of new techniques and finding my way with them. Especially trying to make my concepts stronger.screen-shot-2017-07-22-at-2-13-40-pm

How do you get your inspiration?
I get inspired by everything around me from music to just learning about my own culture and also by simply observing people around me.

Have you ever collaborated with anyone? Who?
I have actually, Duha Al Hosainy for special effects makeup. We turned a man to a manwich. If you go to Destination Riyadh’s YouTube channel you can find the video.screen-shot-2017-07-22-at-2-15-31-pm

What’s next for you in terms of pursuing art?
I’d like to make more art, something visually pleasing as well as making it as I imagine it in my mind. I would like to collaborate with artists as well, create something different.

Instagram: mahafarhoud




By Reema Al Humaid

Like father, like son.

Muath Al Hazmi is a 27-year old sales officer who learned the basics of Arabic calligraphy from a renowned artist of the trade, his father.

Why calligraphy?
When I was young, I used to sit with my father for many hours. He is a famous calligrapher. He used to teach me the basics of calligraphy and I started to make some pieces in my spare time. Two years later I realized that my wall was full of calligraphy. I started to take courses with top calligraphers in the GCC ever since.img_9933

Tell us of the lengthiest time you had to work on a piece.
Three months. It was logo for a legal firm in Turkey.

Most fun piece you’ve worked on?
“Fan” which means art in Arabic. I enjoyed every single minute I spent on that piece.

Whats your favorite letter to write?
Wedding proposals.img_0236

Whats your favorite word to write?

Whats your favorite verse to write?
“Man does not attain all his heart’s desires, for the winds do not blow as the vessels wish.” It’s my favorite because I always try to do the opposite, I have never believed in it.

Whats the hardest part about calligraphy?
Building the structure which is the first part in the piece.img_0238

What do you think of Arabic calligraphy nowadays?
Pablo Picasso said “I have strived to reach the highest levels of artistic mastery, but I found that Islamic Calligraphy was there ages before I was.” Arabic calligraphy has never been changed or affected by any other form of art such as music or architecture.

Where do you get your tools from in Riyadh?
There are a lot of shops on the Instagram and also there is a LEGA shop. img_0240

What would you do if you weren’t a calligrapher?
I love poetry very much and I love drawing. If I weren’t a calligrapher, I would definitely be a poet.

Piece of advice for people who just started calligraphy?
I always say to myself, don’t be afraid of making mistakes, this is the only way to learn and improve. The second thing: always show your work and get feedback from professionals and people who are better than you.img_0242

Whats calligraphy to you?