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LAST CHANCE Areej Rajab: Limitless
5 February 2018Free
The Bahraini artist explores the subtle character of colour and the fleeting nature of light. Says the promo: “Limitless is a testament to Rajab’s unobtrusive approach and offers a candid look at how the subtleties of the artist’s surroundings inspire her … Her work is characterised by dynamic brush strokes, shifting planes of colour and pulsating forms. Rajab’s paintings are a window into the mind of an artist who has sought order in a chaotic world, she somehow manages to find pattern in the abstract works she creates”.
The exhibition will feature two collections of work which have never been shown in the UAE (they were quite a hit in Baharian a couple of months ago). The first is a series of paintings that are layered and reworked over several visits to the same canvas. Their colours are bright and plentiful, yet there is a muted quality to them that evokes a dream-like state. Each feels like a memory recalled after many years, pulled forward from some lost corner of the mind – a faded recollection of a once vivid event.
The second series is the artist’s latest work. Here Rajab returns to a more suggestive style, though these works differ quite obviously from those in the first series they are both gestural in their abstraction. Although the viewer is unable to pick out any clearly defined scene, there is still landscape present in these pieces as if we are surveying something through a particularly hazy, soft-focus lens.