Souq Waqif focus of new painting exhibition

Familiar scenes at one of the most visited tourist destinations in Qatar take the spotlight at a group painting exhibition which recently opened at Souq Waqif Art Center.

Doha-based artists Kristina Aladwan, Rajeesh Ravi and Sheetal assume the perspective of visitors witnessing the everyday goings-on at Souq Waqif as they scour the different corners of the traditional market looking for what to buy or what to do.

The seven paintings that adorn the walls of Gallery 1 depict main corners of the souq which do not go unnoticed to every resident or tourist that pays a visit to the market home to  more than a thousand stalls selling all types of products.

The rush of people on the main promenade leading to the long the line of restaurants and cafes as well as the souvenir shops with their mishmash of arts and crafts on display that tourists can take home are captured by the artists in their own styles.

From the colorful rendering of multihued hand woven textiles outside the shops to the Arabian horses grazing on hay with the arched buildings in the background to the souq devoid of people in the early hours of the day, the paintings portray the unique character of the souq which attracts people from all walks of life whenever they come to Doha.

On show at Gallery 2, are 21 paintings which showcase traditional Qatari musical performances and indigenous musical instruments.

While some of the paintings illustrate groups of Qatari musicians playing music in their traditional costumes using native instruments in one of theirs shows in Souq Waqif, others are still life of string and percussion instruments such as rababa, oud, tabla and darbuka which are widely popular in Qatar and the Arab world.

Situated in the heart of Souq Waqif, a major tourist attraction, Souq Waqif Art Center enjoys a good position as a major art hub which witnesses a large number of visitors year round.

The art centre is home to dozens of Qatari and expatriate artists who create their art pieces in front of visitors. The centre also hosts  drawing, pottery, sculpture, painting and hand skills workshops, among others.

With tiled walls accented by a multitude of multi-coloured lamps hanging from the high ceilings crafted with wood poles, the Centre’s interiors which dominantly reflect Qatari and Islamic architecture are one of the most Instagrammable spots for tourists visiting the souq.

Source: Peninsula