The prestigious Dubai-based Artspace Gallery, will hold an exhibit for the renowned Saudi Arabian Artist Lulwah Al Homoud. Artspace is committed to the promotion of contemporary Middle Eastern art and artists. The gallery is a regional leader and its second location in London caters to its extensive global clientele while bridging the gap between the eastern and western art scenes.
Lulwah Al Homoud is from Riyadh, where she majored in sociology at King Saud University, and was the first Saudi to complete a MA at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in London. In 2006 she participated in a British museum managed project in which Arab artists were placed to work in schools. She spent six weeks at a school in London exploring calligraphy and Arab design. She participated in and co-curated the 2008 Edge of Arabia exhibition at the Soas Brunei Gallery. Her work was chosen by Christie's in April 2009 for their Middle East auction in Dubai.
Her exclusive exhibition which will be held at Artspace is entitled 9x9. In her own words, Lulwah described this collection of works: “As we engage in the dichotomies of existence, the rhetoric between substance, essence and fate compels us into asking what is abstract; what is solid; what is common and what is particular. This discourse moves back and forth between the humanities and the sciences, constantly shedding and reconstructing subtle layers. Arguably, what is most incongruous in this discourse is what is most convergent within it; communication. Using a pure language, this work locks together geometry, language and beauty, pushing the boundaries of what we know, how we know it and how it is perceived.” Al Homoud takes a modern approach to Arabic calligraphy which is both inspiring and creative. She breaks down traditional barriers and presents us with a new perspective. Her form and technique are unique and far from basic.
Managing Director of Artspace, Maliha Al Tabari noted, “We are so excited to be featuring Lulwah’s 9x9 collection at Artspace. She has seamlessly managed to capture the essence of Arabic calligraphy and transform it into an intriguing, new and fresh concept. We are thrilled to share her captivating pieces with our audience.”