Omar Al Rashid
The artistâ€™s colours and textures have been deeply inspired by the heritage, history and traditions of his homeland. For instance, horses make a frequent appearance in his work. The horse is a cultural symbol of the Arabian Peninsula and the Bedouin way of life and has appeared in art throughout history. He has tried to present it in a modern and contemporary style. He celebrates the distinctive Bahraini breeds and their colourful saddles. He has also explored the relationship between man and horse and through it, the universal themes of attachment and loyalty.
His paintings combine interwoven patches of colours in a manner reminiscent of collages. His childhood in Muharraq and the folk tales narrated by his mother figure strongly in his work. He strives to capture moments of calm amid the chaos of daily life. His work is laced with a sense of intimacy and benevolence.