Bahrain based Balqees is a graduate of University of San Francisco, USA (Lone Mountain College) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Art History. From 1976 until the present day, she has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions locally, regionally and internationally, and has been awarded several accolades and prizes.
My painting style has evolved over the past forty years. My early paintings were realistic in nature and portrayed buildings, specifically ruins that have been inhabited in the past by my ancestors. I have also painted many scenes of places that remained in my memory as a child, which have left major impressions on me.
At various stages, the issues of refuges and their dwelling, and their hardships have also been the subjects of my paintings; I have depicted their tents, camps and temporary shelters in semi-transparent, dull colours and shades, and tones with harsh texture.
I like to show the high contrast between light and dark, and as a technique I like to use texture to give it more complexity. My monochrome colour scheme gives my paintings a dream-like quality and a sense of vagueness. This allows the viewer to interpret the painting and make sense of it according to his or her own background.
My paintings revolve around the themes of belonging and memories of places. Through my abstract style, my paintings show a mystery of a place belonging to a very basic form of living.
The images shown here are of works displayed at Art Bahrain Across Borders exhibition from March 14 - 18, 2018, and include paintings of different sizes, using acrylic on canvas.
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