Young Picasso from Kuwait draws like the Spanish master.
A few months ago I went to the exhibition of Hamad Al-Humaidan, a 12 year old painter from Kuwait whose drawings are in the same cubist style as those of Picasso. Interesting thing is that the boy painter never saw a painting from Picasso. What's more, he has already sold several of his paintings for £650 each, held an exhibition of his paintings in the UK and has already be signed up by an art gallery. All this while he's still in 5th or 6th grade!!
I've taken pictures of a few of his drawings (see below). His drawings have an interesting complexity to them, but they also have a childish aspect which I don't like. I know next to nothing about painting, so my comments may very well be worthless. Still, I think that if he continues with his craft, then he may have a bright future. It'll be very interesting to see how his paintings progress and whether his art will be widely accepted by the Kuwaiti society or whether the conservative part of society will shut him down like they recently did with Dr. Shurooq Amin, a mixed media artist from Kuwait known for tackling controversial subjects (see my previous post) . Read post in Google+
I've recently taken two weeks off to travel in Switzerland and ski with my family in Ischgl, Austria. It was my first time skiing! I took lessons, got yelled at by an intense Austrian instructor and wiped out several times (slid down a couple of slopes on my back). But I can now finally make turns with my skis parallel to each other! So glad I learnt something from my lessons - I don't feel so bad for the ridiculous amount I paid for my ski suit...
Here are a few pictures I've taken, using my phone, of the Ischgl resort, of the skiers atop the mountain and of my favourite après-ski (after-ski) - a wine bar people go to after skiing down slopes all day.
Here's an article printed on the first page of the Al-Watan Daily - an English newspaper in Kuwait. The article is squeezed between 'Boxing Legend Joe Frazier loses fight with cancer' and 'Jackson doctor convicted in star's drug death.' I nearly chocked on my coffee from laughter imaging giant walruses lying on their backs with their minds lost in a thick haze after gorging themselves to the point of pain.
FYI: Eid al-Adha is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God. (Wikipedia, Nov 9, 2011) Read post in Google+