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“SAKHA” by Yousef Ahmad

1 November 2022 – 10 February 2023

Featuring works by:

Yousef Ahmad

Yousef Ahmed is a pioneer of Qatar’s modern art movement. Inspired by the flat desert of Qatar’s landscape, Ahmed creates textured abstractions overlaid with Arabic calligraphy.

As a child, Ahmed recalls drawing on the outside walls with coal leftover from the stove and he has since dedicated his practice to forging a local aesthetic. The artist thus draws from the natural environment through his choice of colour, texture, and materials, which he often makes himself.

Born in Qatar, Ahmed trained at Helwan University in Cairo, returning to Qatar in 1976, when he was appointed manager of the Culture and Arts Department within the Ministry of Information. In 1982, he traveled to California to pursue a master’s degree in painting at Mills College, during which time he transitioned to working on a large scale. When he returned to Qatar, he taught art appreciation at Qatar University, a position he held for over 20 years.

A close friend of Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali Al Thani, Ahmed played a role in building the collection which would eventually become Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, an institution for which he continues to serve as an art consultant. Ahmed’s mixed media works are held in important collections throughout the world, including the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Yousef Ahmed lives and works in Qatar

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 122
Oil on canvas
200 x 120 cm
2019

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 128
Oil on canvas
51 x 36 cm
2020

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 129
Oil on wood
51 x 36 cm
2020

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 133
Oil on canvas
60 x 30 cm
2021

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 135
Oil on canvas
60 x 30 cm
2020

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 136
Oil on canvas
60 x 30 cm
2020

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 138
Oil on wood
26 x 20 cm
2021

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 140
Oil on canvas
26 x 20 cm
2022

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 141
Oil on canvas
26 x 20 cm
2021

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 147
Oil on canvas
26 x 20 cm
2021

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 151
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 cm
2021

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 152
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 cm
2021

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 153
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 cm
2022

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 154
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 cm
2022

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 155
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 cm
2020

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 156
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 cm
2021

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 157
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 cm
2021

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 158
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 cm
2021

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 159
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 cm
2021

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 160
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 cm
2020

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 161
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 cm
2020

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 162
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 cm
2021

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 163
Oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm
2022

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 164
Oil on wood
50 x 40 cm
2020

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 165
Oil on canvas
40 x 40 cm
2020

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 166
Oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm
2021

Yousef Ahmad
SAKHA 169
Oil on canvas
80 x 40 cm
2021