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    Sale 7665

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 April 2008, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 67

    Abdul Kadir Al-Rais (Emirati, b. 1951)

    Bishra (Announcement)

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    Abdul Kadir Al-Rais (Emirati, b. 1951)
    Bishra (Announcement)
    signed and dated in Arabic (lower right)
    oil on canvas, triptych
    each 59 x 47¼in. (150 x 120cm.); overall 59 x 141¾in. (150 x 360cm.)
    Painted in 2007-2008 (3)

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    Abdul Kadir Al-Rais is the best-known artist from the UAE. Simultaneously he paints in two very different styles. For his landscape and architectural scenes, his style is photorealistic, very keenly observed, with a delicate beige palette set off by flashes of blue. More recently he has also begun to paint abstract works and abstracted paintings involving the Arabic letterform, often with a much richer colouring of vivid reds, blues and yellows. What unites both is his signature of small floating squares, which appear even in the most realistic of his paintings.

    Al-Rais's recent work has seen a shift towards greater luminosity and the palette has correspondingly become brighter and warmer. Against a backdrop of yellows and reds, his compositions comprise indivdual groups of letters or single words, from which light appears to emanate.