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Omani artist Moosa Omar explores humanity through art

April 25, 2014

Times News Service



Muscat: A solo exhibition by Omani artist Moosa Omar was inaugurated by Hamoud bin Mohammed Al Mahrooqi, the head of Royal Estates Affairs, Royal Court Affairs, at Bait Al Zubair recently.

Explaining his work, Moosa Omar said: "In these paintings and others, I endeavour to explore implicit and explicit spaces in history in order to reflect on our daily lives and explore the spirituality of humanity. These paintings are inspired by the story of Prophet Yousef (PBUH). 

"They are presented as an artistic vision where colours are used on jute, combining the roughness of old textures with deep reflection. This combination takes you to former eras where you could smell history and hear its stories. Art, from my perspective, is not just an instrument for expression and communication with others but, rather, a hidden power of the soul. Art creates a parallel world to real life."

The Dream Coat exhibition follows a previous show of the same name hosted by Bait Al Zubair in 2012, which then was exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in Kuwait and the Visual Arts Centre (Katara) in Qatar in 2013.

Moosa Omar has participated in and led numerous workshops, and is a member of the International Plastic Art Association (Unesco), the Omani Society for Fine Arts, the Cultural Club and the Youth Studio, Oman.

Among his honours are awards from Australia, Oman, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. 

His works are part of  several important collections in Oman, as well as in Qatar, Egypt, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia.  

Notable collectors in Oman are the Diwan of the Royal Court, General Organisation of Sports and Cultural Activities, Ministry of Information, Ministry of  Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, The Omani Society for Fine Arts, Bait Al Zubair Museum, The Cultural Club, The British Embassy and Shangrl-la's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa.  

Outside Oman, his work has featured in collections of the Qatar Museum for Contemporary Arabic Art, Cairo Museum of Contemporary Graphics, Bangladesh Shilpokala Academy, Bengal Foundation Gallery of Fine Arts, and ISESCO. 

He is one of the senior artists within Oman's fine arts community and has mentored and tutored many of Oman's aspiring artists.

The exhibition is being presented by Bait Al Zubair as part of its ongoing mission to present Omani artists to the world. 

The exhibition will run until May 1 and can be viewed Saturday to Thursday from 9:30 am till 6:00 pm.


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Source: Times of Oman


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