Under 32: Emergence from the Arab world, is an annual exhibition dedicated to the introduction and promotion of emerging artists. In varying styles and genres, the selected 27 artists portray our contemporary realities through dynamic works with a glimpse into the richness and diversity of artistic exploration.
Marcel Aragonès, born in 1968 in Mont-roig, in Catalunya, Spain, a village not far away from La Masia, where Joan Miró held his studio. Journalist and publicist by profession, Marcel is also an internationally rising artist. His unconventional techniques and iconic style quickly caught public attention. Now several of his masterpieces can be appreciated in various exhibitions and are sold worldwide.
As a child, Marcel exhibited a natural talent and passion for art, and he never stopped brushing ever since. Throughout the years, he developed various innovative techniques and bold materials mix, especially his iconic acrylic and ink on paper. Most of his works are elegant, delightful, cheering, with a touch of good humour. They convey his philosophy of positive living. According to the artist, “Art should nourish and brighten our spaces and lives. I do not want art to be something sad, dull or depressive. This is why my paintings mostly present energetic and passionate color-play as the central elements. I see my paintings as delightful melodies.”
As Miró said, “a simple line with the brush can lead to freedom and happiness.“ It is also Marcel’s principles: to be happy, inspiring and to share happiness and the feeling of freedom to those who contemplate his work, even if it is just a simple line.
Every year we welcome the holy month of Ramadan conjuring up fond memories and sentiments
blended with spirituality
Childhood memories embedded deep within our souls reignite as we welcome Hilal Ramadan bringing
with it an abundance of blessings, joy of family and loved ones’ gatherings, and serenity of conversing
with ALLAH in the Night Prayers
From far away we see images of Arabian horses crossing the vast desert, and precious stones of vibrant
colors recall the tales of olden times, all the way until we reach ancient Hijaz with its unique vernacular
architecture and traditional Islamic motifs
Arabic calligraphy stands out through its delicate charm and intricate geometrical designs within the
folds of history books and convey the words of ALLAH inside the Quran
Vision of profound Islamic symbols transcends our conscience to the holiest of all places on earth,
Makkah and Al Madinah where worshipers call upon Allah by His beautiful names.
Abaq Exhibition at Mono Gallery seeks to spread this aroma of spirituality in a distinctive
contemporary manner featuring a renowned group of artists.
Mada Exhibition by artist Yousef Jaha displays a collection which applies a range of calm colors which covey the external and inner nature of the human being. Forming a spiritual combination between the elements of nature (dust, water, fire and air) and psychology.
Flickers and layers of colors, shapes, spaces and lines, the brush scratches what it has previously formed. Obliterating lines and spaces to create other parallel ones. It bends, gathers, intersects and breaks. Drops scatter affected by the gravity of clouds (The sky’s boon), and raindrops tremble. They form to quench earth’s thirst. Signals and other symbols emanate directly from same subject, for energy is concentrated within.
The pleasure of this work grows from within, where the senses eventually lead to a deeper horizon, and directly to nature towards profound meditation.
Naiel Mulla, has a range of rich experiences in research and experimentation. He used simple lines as his raw material and began dyeing them with a color, which is as bright as the colors of the spectrum. In his paintings, the formula of art was based on the interaction between the two elements of coincidence and design.
Mono Gallery presents Bronze Exhibition by Iraqi artist Muatasim Al Kubaisy and Saudi artsits Mohammed Al Thaqafi.
Both artists infuse their deep insights into their art, and While Al Kubaisy tends to draw the expressions carved in his work out of the bitterness of the Iraqi and Arab realities, and of the hymns of war and peace; Al-Thaqafi, on the other hand, is inspired by nature, derives the themes of his carvings from his surroundings in his hometown, Ta’if, draws inspiration from its mountains, and extracts his striking formations from familiar local blocks of stone and marble. However, he favors bronze here, and surprises his audience with expressive carvings that are suggestive and symbolic of lofty women boasting a high-level of refinement and awareness.
Each offer a unique way of depicting women in art, both in harmony and at odds at the same time. They are harmonious in their view of a woman as being a creature that is full of spirit, aspiration and benevolence, and not a mere voluptuous body. For instance, while creators of verse and prose, or even sculptures and carvings, tend to embody the charm and agility in women, Al Kubaisy and Al Thaqafi are in conflict with this traditional view, as they tend to capture all aspects that usually go unnoticed in women.
One coming from Mesopotamia (i.e. Iraq), and the other from the land of the tribe of Thaqif, in order to put their own worlds on display before our eyes here in Riyadh, expressing themselves in the eternal language of ‘bronze’.
“Decades” Art exhibition represents a unique selection of 19 pioneering Saudi artists whose work set in motion the contemporary art movement in the Kingdom and greatly contributed to its growth and evolution. Amongst themselves, this group of Artists have a collective experience of over a century.
The artworks depict several perspectives of the country as seen through the artists’ eyes, and tackle a wide range of themes that have shaped the current local artistic scene. The exhibited cross-medium body of work ranges from painting and sketching to textile art and sculpture.
With this exhibition, Mono Gallery proudly celebrates these artists and pays homage to those who could not be with us, but whose legacy lives on through their work of art.