CELEBRATING LATE AND GREAT ARAB ARTISTS, THIS NEW EXHIBITION AT QATAR MUSEUMS GALLERY (QM) SHOWCASES RENOWNED PORTRAIT ARTIST, ISMAIL AZZAM’S DISTINCTIVE ‘REVERSE CHARCOAL’ DRAWINGS OF PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS WHO HAVE MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE ARAB ART WORLD.

Displaying an entire body of work that was created exclusively for this exhibition, Ismail Azzam, one of Iraq’s most famous artists, is sharing a selection of striking and emotive charcoal portraits, celebrating and honouring the work of 15 past masters. Ismail Azzam knew many of those featured in the exhibition personally and created artistic and creative contributions, believing many did not receive the critical recognition or popular appreciation they deserved whilst they were alive.

The exhibition features portraits of artists drawn from across the Middle East including Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Kuwait and Iraq. Amongst these is a portrait of the late Qatari artist Jassim Zaini. Throughout paintings captured key moments in Qatar’s recent history and documented the country’s development from humble beginnings, as well as its social and  and the sixties after the discovery of oil.

“I am hugely honoured to present my work at QM Gallery,” Ismail says. “With this exhibition, I hope both to raise awareness of these great Arab artists and their stories, but also to continue to educate Qatar’s growing artistic community to understand the meaning behind the art.

“I invite everyone to enjoy this exhibition and honour the huge and important  development of Arab art,” he adds.

Though Ismail also uses oil and watercolour in his artworks, he is particularly highly regarded for his mastery of the distinctive technique known as ‘reverse charcoal drawing’. During this process, the whole  then slowly etched away using a rubber to accentuate contrasting shades of light and dark to create a range of dramatic  has captured the likenesses of these artistic familiarise audiences with their individual stories and personal histories.

to present these inspirational portraits by Ismail Azzam in Qatar this year. Ismail is an incredible technically gifted artist who created these portraits exclusively for the show. His work engages onlookers in what is both an emotional and personal tribute to 15 late and great Arab painters and sculptors.