Faraj Daham

Faraj Daham is a contemporary Qatari artist, best known for his mixed media works and sculptures. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Higher Institute of Theatre Arts in Kuwait in 1984, and his Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Ball State University, in the United States in 1988.

Daham’s experience is intrinsically to the movement of organic bodies.  He works as both observer and artist; preoccupied with research and fascinated by the organic transformations which are constantly ongoing in nature.  His work is part of the permanent collection at MATHAF, the Arab Museum of Modern Art and is held in numerous public and private collections throughout the world.  One  of Daham’s masterpieces is installed on the Corniche in Doha and another major work, the Ship is installed at Al Janoub Stadium, located in the southern coastal city of Al Wakrah.  

The Ship explores themes surrounding history, place and people. It adopts the traditional ship-building features from the 17th and 18th century and is inspired by the rock inscriptions found in the primitive part of the Jebel Al Jassasiya area, located on the eastern coast of Qatar. The inscriptions include references to sea trade, carved into the artwork by Daham; drawing light to the prominence of the Arabian Gulf in areas of trade, transport, fishing and pearl harvesting.

MANGROVE Series

Mixed Media on Canvas

Precaution