Glamorous women dressed in flambouyant outfits exude inner strength and power in “Femmes à la mode” — the latest virtual exhibition launched yesterday by the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara.

In creating her 12 paintings on show, Indian artist Surabhi draws inspiration from her innate love for fashion and the important role fashion plays in women’s life.

“Women have always been a focal point in my artwork. The idea of painting them in fashionable outfits stems from my own love for fashion. When a woman feels attractive and beautiful it exudes her mood,” she said.

The concepts of fashion and style  and women’s strength and independence coalesce well as depicted by the contemporary figurative painter in her art.  Click here to view the virtual exhibition.

“The women I portray are women who are strong and independent, who know what they want and desire to define their own perspective and create their own narrative through their lifestyle, fashion forming an important component of this narrative,” she explained.

Surabhi began her artistic journey at a tender age of three. She has Bachelors and Masters degree in Fine Arts major in Painting and has been in Qatar for the past six years.

Last year, Surabhi marked her first exhibition in Katara in which her paintings were showcased alongside works by prominent Qatari artist Ebtesam Al Saffar. The exhibition titled “Portraits” was organised in line with the celebration of Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture.

“Femmes à la mode” is the eighth virtual exhibition presented by Katara. It follows “Trace” featuring  abstract paintings by Qatari artist Jawaher Al Mannai inspired by carvings found in archaelogical sites north of Qatar.

Previously, Katara also launched virtual exhibitions including “The Unreachable Mirage” displaying 20 paintings by  Qatari artist Masoud Al Bulushi which depict portraits of women wearing traditional face covering which is the batoola, “Heritage” featuring works by Hassan Bu Jassoum reflecting important aspects of Qatari culture and heritage, and “Patches” by Syrian contemporary artist Hadi Qasous showcasing 16 paintings in which he integrates calligraphy into stunning colours and shapes.

Katara’s ongoing virtual exhibitions also include “Culture Collision” by Hassan Taleb Alsalat which displays 14 interesting artworks that place famous cartoon characters in a the Gulf setting in which familiar objects in the region are depicted in the paintings, “The Result” by Fatima Al Nuaimi which displays 19 acrylic on canvas works which reflect both unanticipated and foreseen results combined in one artwork and “Al Taybeen” by Ali Dasmal Al Kuwari which focuses on 17 realist paintings depicting traditional objects and Qatari architecture.

With a number of exciting features, these exhibitions, which can be accessed via Katara’s website until end of the year, make it possible for people to see artworks up close anytime as if they were personally visiting Katara’s galleries.

Source : The Peninsula

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