RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabian artist Zaman Jassim has received renewed attention for his artistic work after one of his paintings was seen in Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s office in a photograph taken during a recent virtual meeting of the Kingdom’s Council of Ministers chaired by King Salman bin Abdulaziz late on Tuesday.
Jassim’s painting, which could be seen in the background of the photograph, gained considerable attention on social media from many users who praised the Crown Prince’s initiative to showcase local works from Saudi Arabian artists.
‘The matter that is more important is not that my work only appeared in such an important place, but is how much important place, but it shows how much importance and significance this will add to the local artists and industry as a whole’, Jassim told Al Arabia’s.
‘I’ve been practicing fine art for a number of years, especially painting. The painting which went viral in recent days, I painted three years ago exactly and it contains traditional motifs and calligraphy’, Jassim said.
Jassim has become known in the region as a local artist who uses unusual forms and mixed media in his works. According to a profile of Jassim on the Riyadh-based L’Art Pur Gallery’s website, the artist was born in 1971 in al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. He received his diploma from the Art Institute in Riyadh in 1989, and has since participated in group exhibitions in the Arab world, Europe, India and Taiwan.
‘He evokes earthy colors into a unique expression through mixed media. His style is heavily textured with unusual forms; rectangles, cones and some that look like applique works on the wall. His work is enriched with symbols, tattoos, patterns and calligraphy and narrates a simultaneously stark and rich visual story’, L’Art Pur Gallery said, describing Jassim’s portfolio.
The portrait seen in Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s office received widespread reactions on social media, with many praising the focus on local arts.
Jassim said he was surprised at first when his friends began sending him messages that they saw his painting in the background on the Crown Prince’s office.
‘I was surprised at the beginning obviously. I received a lot of messages from friends and relatives that they saw my painting in His Highness’ office. At first, I didn’t want to confirm that it was my painting because the painting in the photography appeared very far in the background and I want to make sure that is was actually one of my works’, Jassim said.