• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7893

    International Modern & Contemporary Art, Including Masterpieces from The Collection of Dr. Mohammed Said Farsi

    27 April 2010, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 13

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


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    Abdul Qader Al-Rais (Emirati, b. 1951)
    signed and dated in Arabic (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    39 3/8 x 31½in. (100 x 80cm.)
    Painted in 1998

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    This is a rare early abstract work by Abdul Qader Al-Rais. The influence of the Arabic letterform is clearly there, but is implied rather than explicitly shown as in his later works. The colour scheme is notably different from that in his more recent abstract works, which have much warmer hues.

    Abdul Qader 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. He also paints abstract works, often involving the Arabic letterform. What unites both is his signature use of small floating squares, which appear even in the most realistic of his paintings.

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