(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Oman's new and contemporary art space Stal Gallery and Studio in Madinat as Sultan Qaboos on Sunday opened its inaugural exhibition, Reflections' with works of nine prominent Arab artists from the sultanate and neighbouring countries. The artists are Hassan Meer, Ali Hassan, Jamal Abdul Rahim, Omar Rashid, Abdallah Akar, Anwar Sonya, Alia al Farsi, Budoor al Riyami and Adnan al Raisi.
Inaugurated by H H Sayyida Susan al Said, Stal Gallery and Studio is a project by the Alserkal Group, an organisation that says it is committed to changing the overall cultural landscape of UAE through its flagship project Alserkal Avenue by providing a framework for different creativities and communities to foster international dialogue and cultural exchange.
Ahmed Alserkal, chairman of the Alserkal Group said, ''This iconic project, which has been many months in development, is a testament to the vision of the Alserkal family to create a dynamic cultural hub in Muscat. In recognising the positive contribution of the arts to the ongoing economic, social and cultural development of the city, this project has allowed us to take stock of the visual arts sector and how best to contribute to its future development. A coherent, dynamic and realistic vision is central to the current and future creative wellbeing of the arts in Oman and the Alserkal family is proud to be part of its creative and artistic advancement.''
The works Adam and Eve and the White Spirit and The Twins, by Omani artist Hassan Meer, positioned along the main wall, catch immediate attention of visitors. They have been inspired by personal experiences and childhood memories with an impressionable sense of spirituality. ''We have read and heard a lot about Adam and Eve. So whatever I visualised, I put it on the canvas,'' Hassan said about the painting that costs RO4,500.
In is lone abstract work Still There is Hope, another young Omani artist Adnan bin Saleh al Raisi has used bold colours, and was inspired by the unrest happening around the world.
''We get to hear about a lot of death and sadness from around the world. The grey and black colours reflect the same. The colours emerging from the bottom of the canvas reflect that there is a ray of hope,'' he explained.
Anwar Sonya's work deals with Omani history and traditions. His vibrant use of colour and texture bring the bartering at Nizwa market to life in a dramatic fashion. ''This is a part of Oman. I had to showcase something about Oman and this came to my mind,'' he said. The painting is priced RO2,500.
In his oil on canvas series, Omar Rashid has used the environment of his country, Bahrain as his inspiration. The works reflect his pensive approach, recounting his experience with joy, sadness and endless expecta