ON CAN­VAS: THE BEAUTY OF THE SUL­TANATE OF OMAN

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Many philoso­phers, es­pe­cially those study­ing na­ture be­lieve that artists and na­ture are sim­i­lar — na­ture pro­vides us with ev­ery­thing we need to live on this planet along with an end­less source of aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing vi­su­als, sim­i­lar to the works of artists, who cap­ture our at­ten­tion through their mas­ter­pieces.

Na­ture not only in­spires artists to cre­ate work that em­u­lates the beauty of na­ture but gives the au­di­ence a dif­fer­ent glimpse, an “artist’s eye” per­spec­tive on na­ture. This can be seen at the 100 art­works pre­sented at the “Draw The Beauty of Oman” ex­hi­bi­tion at the Omani So­ci­ety of Fine Arts (OSFA).

Lo­cated in the Wadi Hibbi area at Suhar, the group of artists de­cided to set up their tools and can­vases at the Hibbi Cas­tle, us­ing their sur­round­ings to in­spire their new cre­ation.

Ruqaya al Bu­loshi, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the trip and the ex­hi­bi­tion said. “Other than be­ing a pop­u­lar tourist desti­na­tion, the Hibbi Cas­tle has some of the most won­der­ful vis­ual el­e­ments and unique beauty that gave us the idea to set up our fourth an­nual trip at this amaz­ing lo­ca­tion. We called it ‘Draw­ing the beauty of Oman.’”

The cas­tles strate­gic lo­ca­tion and high al­ti­tude also gives the cas­tle an el­e­va­tion that mul­ti­plies its beauty, from a dis­tance the vis­i­tors can see the still stand­ing cas­tle that once ruled this re­gion. Around the cas­tle, one can still see the ruins of an an­cient city that once bus­tled un­der the watch of this cen­tral struc­ture. Now sur­rounded by vast ar­eas of lush green­ery and farm­lands, this cre­ated the per­fect com­bi­na­tion for the artists to gain in­spi­ra­tion to cre­ate their very own rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Sul­tanate’s beauty and iden­tity.

An­other per­son re­spon­si­ble be­hind the or­gan­i­sa­tion of this event was Khadija al Maa­mari who shared that since their first trip in May 2016, the num­ber or artists par­tic­i­pat­ing in these an­nual trips has in­creased many-fold. She be­lieves that over time, par­tic­i­pants grew not only be­cause of their shared hobby but with a chance to bet­ter un­der­stand and ex­pe­ri­ence the root of Oman but also share their ex­pe­ri­ences with each other, learn­ing and build­ing their skills as a group.

Both ages and na­tion­al­i­ties of the par­tic­i­pat­ing artists were di­verse, with the age range be­tween 15 to 45 and a va­ri­ety of na­tion­al­i­ties in­clud­ing In­di­ans, Egyp­tians, Al­ge­rian, Le­banese and Omani. The ex­hi­bi­tion is cur­rently open and will be un­til Thurs­day, Jan­uary 17 from 8 am to 10 pm at the Oman So­ci­ety of Fine Arts, Suhar.

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