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Artist Profile: Jamal Abdul Rahim


He is one of Bahrain’s most established and highly regarded contemporary artists, exhibiting his work in Europe and the Middle East. The award-winning artist builds his art from the movement of society deeply rooted in rich Arab civilization, its mythology, religion and language.

He believes that artists can pick their inspiration from everywhere and from the people around them. Although he is known as a printmaker and painter, he has become an avid sculpting fan who believes that: “stone is already beautiful and by sculpting it, I am inspired, withdrawing that beauty into a form”. According to him, working on stone fills the soul with a special kind of pleasure that cannot be explained, as art is a spiritual exercise which cannot be ignored.

- Born 1965, Muharraq, Kingdom of Bahrain.
- 15 individual exhibitions in Bahrain & 24 Arab and international exhibitions.
- 26 joint exhibitions including Biennales & Triennials.
- 13 National & international prizes.
- 30 handmade books & artistic collections
- Guest of honor at the 4th International Triennial of Graphic Art, Egypt in 2003.
- Guest of honor in the 2nd Biennial of Art Book, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt in 2006.
- Jury member in the 26th Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Spain in 2006.
- Certificate of Appreciation in the Annual National Art Exhibition, Bahrain in 2007.
- In 2007, His book “Rasa’el Qasab” (Cane Messages) was added to the British Museum’s collection and was exhibited in “Word into Art – Artists of the Modern Middle East” at DIFC, Dubai.
- In 2010 the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore has purchased one of his prints “Al Qalam” for its permanent collection.



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