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Drawing for happiness

August 5, 2014

Al-Jubahi wishes to portray the suffering in the world caused by wars and disasters, especially in the Middle East.

It is difficult to know the feelings that artists experience when drawing and painting. It is equally difficult to comprehend their emotions when finishing a piece of art, unless, of course, they decide to share and express them. Taha Al-Jubahi, a young Yemeni artist, often deals with and expresses his sadness through painting. Yet, as he explains in an interview with the Yemen Times, he paints for happiness.

"I feel happy when I draw. And I convey ideas through painting and drawing," said Al-Jubahi. Although his art expresses a variety of themes, the underlying idea is that people should live in a world of peace and love, away from wars, whatever their religion and races are.

"I stopped drawing for eight years after I finished secondary school. I sustained psychological depression and so the doctor advised me to resume drawing," said Al-Jubahi. Originally from Taiz, Al-Jubahi is currently studying business administration in Sana'a and draws whenever he finds free time.

For Al-Jubahi, no rules are required for someone to be an artist, as he perceives painting to be "a talent and not a profession."

Al-Jubahi started drawing when he was six years old. This year, he is competing for the President Award for Youth, an annual cash prize granted to talented young artists and scientists.

"I want to display my art through this competition and to have my own art gallery later, exhibiting my paintings," said Al-Jubahi.

Holding a bunch of his paintings in a big plastic bag, he explains that he paints whenever he feels worried, particularly before sleeping. He usually paints at night and in the afternoon in his bedroom, having completed ten paintings so far.

"When I paint, I live in my own world, I address objects, and I feel they talk to me," he said.

Portrait painting is also part of Al-Jubahi's repertoire, although so far he has only done one: his favorite musician, the Saudi singer Abdulmajeed Abdullah.

"Portraits restrict me in a certain way, but abstract painting is limitless. I find more pleasure in abstract art; sometimes tears drop down while I'm painting," he said.

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Source: Yemen Times

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