Arabian Business is seated with Emirates artist Abdul Kader Al Rayesh to tell about the development of his career from his days in Kuwait to his return to the UAE and him among the artists around the world to conduct his first retrospective in Paris
What does the first retrospective show in Paris mean?
For each artist, the achievement of Paris is a dream. The idea of a retrospective is a collection of works from my entry into the world of art. The oldest works that were exhibited were made in 1966, and I drew them in the first class. 68 paintings are presented at the exhibition, including 10 "Skichat" paintings made in the early seventies, and some made after I returned to the picture, where I stopped painting for 12 years.
How did you start your art career and what are your most important orientations in art?
My assignment was that my father died where I was young, and my mother had to send me to Kuwait to learn in her schools. In fact, the 1960s were the golden age of cultural encouragement in Kuwait.
In 1974, I created my first personal exhibition in the UAE. The exhibition featured my most famous works, including Obaid, Muzah and Khaf's, as well as a collection of other paintings of our architectural heritage in the UAE.
Visitors to the exhibitions I have observed say that I have some works that relate to things other than inheritance, since the legacy is of course necessary. But I have pictures of refugees, including two paintings about Beirut in the 1980s.
At that time, I did not know why and why I painted these paintings, knowing that I was the only artist in the Persian Gulf drawing refugees. After a long time, I discovered that the reason was a personal relationship between me and them, where I was an orphan and far from my country.
It's been almost 10 years since I returned to the UAE because of the financial situation and the difficulty of traveling in those days.
I began to return to the UAE after selling some paintings in Kuwait, where people agreed to buy my work while I was at school.
How much was the value of your paintings during this period?
I note that the first picture I sold in my life cost KD 30 (in 1969), and this picture was also about refugees.
When I created my first show in Dubai, my work was only 1,000 or 2,000 dirhams (in 1974). After my return to painting, my paintings were sold in 1987 to about 5000 dirhams, and one of the paintings was sold next year at a price of 10,000 dirhams, which was the highest price before this period.
Then I started to go to auctions. The first auction took place at the end of 1988 and was in favor of the first Palestinian intifada, where a picture of an uprising at the price of 63,000 dirhams was drawn up and purchased, and this price was then unusual.
I think the picture owner will not sell it today, even if the offer is one million dirhams. Some people prefer to save pictures, not sell them. Unfortunately, we could not get to the picture and show it in Paris.
What is the reason for this increase?
There is no doubt that economic prosperity, which was then available, played a large role in rising prices, except for the education of people where art and pictures are more interested.
I think that the picture I offered for three thousand dirhams can now be sold for more than 300,000 dirhams with ease.
My first entry into foreign companies was at Christie's auction in 2007.
After that, everything was different and the cost of the business increased significantly. Although sometimes raising prices is not in the interests of the artist.
The reason for this is that those who buy paintings at high prices usually restrict their availability to others, for example, art connoisseurs who can not afford to pay a large number of paintings. An artist can benefit from a materialistic aspect, but in the long run, I see that graduation modernization is much better than rising. This may not apply to my creative career, but it is important for the general public.
Who are the most popular customers for your business?
Undoubtedly, the majority are citizens of the OAU, as well as Gulf Arabs and Arabs of other nationalities and foreigners. But the biggest support is on the local level. Some people also play a significant role in promoting and supporting business.
Do you think that in the Arab world there is a recognition of artists in general, or is it limited to certain people?
Of course, the score is limited, so historically, most artists were poor, with the exception of a few celebrities.
It's never easy to advertise and sell paintings. First, you have to get people to love your business, it's extremely important. There is no doubt that the media and publicity have an important role to play in the coverage of some artists, and this is happening everywhere, but the work of art is one who sells himself, the technical and technical level of the picture is the value of art, but the artist's background has no real value. .
How does it affect the prices of paintings?
You need to know that there is a mafia in the world of art. There are people who quickly bring up performers. For example, I would remind you that one of the artists had his paintings by 2010, almost sold for less than $ 100 thousand, but today it costs once millions.
What is happening is that someone buys most of the artist's works, for example, $ 60 thousand. But it is limited only to increase demand for it and suddenly the value of the artist's paintings up to 4 million dollars.
To what extent do these great prices for works of art make you draw?
I drew from 1965 to 1969 without selling a single painting, knowing that my level during this period was not less than the graduates of art colleges, some of whom even talked about the level of teachers in these colleges.
I believe that motivation to keep me is a love of art, and if it were not for love, I would not have it. I was always interested in becoming an artist. I recall that the happiest picture I have ever seen in my life was my painting among the paintings published in the Kuwaiti magazine, and underneath it was written a new artist Abdelkader, and perhaps this word has prompted me to continue.
What do you prefer in your business?
Everyone who follows my work notes that it coincides with the phenomena observed in the Arab world, both in terms of appeasement to refugees, and on the part of Beirut or the Palestinian uprising and other events.
In this respect, I differ from the rest of the artists in the region, and that the social situation that the nation passed over the years has been influenced by them in my work.
How do you describe the competition in this area in the Arab world?
The presence of competitors is usually healthy, especially in matters of creativity. If there is no competition, it can affect the artist's creativity. Historically, all the great artists that we talk about today were present in the same era.
Having good friends, the artist works. In our Arab world, the problem is sometimes that the artist does not find a competitor.
I also think that Arabic art has not yet taken its place. The Arab region has not yet risen to art as other countries. I think it's time to invest in business in the Arab world, because the paintings are still available.
What are your tips for future artists in the UAE?
I think that the opportunities we have had today did not dream of the sixties and seventies, and even in the beginning of 2000. Until 1990 there was only one exhibition, today there are more than 90 different exhibitions.
The artist must continue to study. It also includes me. If the artist thinks he's arrived, then it's the beginning of the end.
What is the best job I've done?
There are some jobs that take some time, and then go to another job, it depends on the mood. Also, it is not worth staying for the same money. But for the most beautiful work, I hope that God is not present.
About a retrospective in Paris
Recently, from September 25 to October 21, 2018, in Paris, the first international retrospective of the artist Abbad Abdelkader Al Raies was held. The Department of Culture and Arts of Dubai (Dubai Culture), a body of culture, arts, heritage and art in the emirate, opened the W exhibition organized by the Institute at the Institute of the Arab World.
The Delegation of the United Arab Emirates to the French capital of Paris visited the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Library of Mohammed Bin Rashid Mohammed Al Muur, officially opened by Mr. Zaki Anvar Nuseibeh, the state. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Serkal Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al-Bin Talit, Secretary General of the International Prize. Hamdad bin Mohammed bin Rashid. The exhibition was also attended by Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development Noura Bint Mohammed Al Kaabi.
W Show has presented a comprehensive exhibition of more than 50 works of art from the 1960s to the present covering the various periods of travel by the artist, from its inception in Kuwait to its current life in Dubai. Abdul Kader Al Raees, one of the pioneers of contemporary art in the Persian Gulf region of Arabia, played a key role in enriching the artistic landscape of the UAE. The artist created a special painting for this exhibition entitled "The Source of Love", dedicated to the "Year 2018" initiative.
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