Inspirations: Mohammad Al Qassab at Kempinski Hotel Mall of Emirates

Last year we commissioned Emirati artist Mohammad Al Qassab to create two large-scale paintings for the new Arabic Gallery at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. The hotel wanted the exhibition space to provide a dynamic platform for both art and the UAE's cultural heritage, enhancing the experience of their guests. Al Qassab's vibrant, abstract paintings bring together a range of influences drawn from the Emirates' culture and history. His use of intricate geometric shapes and patterns can be traced back to traditional architecture and a popular local fabric called al Sadu.  These woven textiles convey many different aspects of Bedouin community life, from the nomadic lifestyle to the desert environment. Al Qassab coupled  these elements with a colour palette recalling the Arabian desert at sunset, with  inky black forms sharply silhouetted against fiery reds and oranges.

More information on Mohammad Al Qassab along with a selection of his limited edition prints can be seen on our website.

Clockwise from left: Al Qassab's painting; a detail of Al Sadu fabric; a desert sunset in the UAE
Clockwise from left: Al Qassab's painting; a detail of Al Sadu fabric; a desert sunset in the UAE
Clockwise from top: A detail of Al Sadu fabric; a desert sunset in the UAE; a silhouetted wind tower; a detail of Al Qassab's painting
Clockwise from top: A detail of Al Sadu fabric; a desert sunset in the UAE; a silhouetted wind tower; a detail of Al Qassab's painting
Left to right: Al Sadu fabric; detail of Al Qassab's painting; al Sadu fabric
Left to right: Al Sadu fabric; detail of Al Qassab's painting; al Sadu fabric
Mohammad Al Qassab with his painting in his studio in Sharjah
Mohammad Al Qassab with his painting in his studio in Sharjah