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‘Dreams Unveiled’: Saudi Artist Nada Halabi Combines Renaissance Art with Contemporary Flair

Ahlam Gallery in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is currently exhibiting “Dreams Unveiled” collection by the contemporary Saudi artist, Nada Halabi from June 4 to 15.

Halabi found inspiration in the Renaissance era, a period in European history where new ideas about art and science witnessed a significant “rebirth” after the Middle Ages.

“I enjoy combining Renaissance art with a contemporary touch of flair, and I chose Renaissance characters because I believe their style at that era was exceptional, and they were the true artists, so I transformed some of them into contemporary art,” said Halabi.

‘Dreams Unveiled’: Saudi Artist Nada Halabi Combines Renaissance Art with Contemporary Flair
‘Dreams Unveiled’ by Saudi Artist Nada Halabi

The title of her exhibition is closely linked with her perception about paintings.

She believes that they are like all the years accumulated with time “and all my dreams, like sometimes I wake up at 5:00 a.m. and write down what I see, and when I wake up again, I paint.”

Halabi’s artworks reflect her love for traveling to different museums and in order to find inspiration in historic places and paintings.

“I get a lot of inspiration from travel, so when I go to Europe, I love to visit old and contemporary museums to get ideas. Then, when I return to Saudi Arabia, I just paint nonstop because everything is so new on my mind,” she said.

‘Dreams Unveiled’: Saudi Artist Nada Halabi Combines Renaissance Art with Contemporary Flair
‘Dreams Unveiled’ by Saudi Artist Nada Halabi

She studied fine art at the Academie Libanaise de Beaux Arts in Lebanon before relocating to London and then Los Angeles.

The artist has trained at schools of art in the UK and the US and exhibited her work in exhibitions and galleries in the Middle East.

‘Dreams Unveiled’: Saudi Artist Nada Halabi Combines Renaissance Art with Contemporary Flair
‘Dreams Unveiled’ by Saudi Artist Nada Halabi

Disconnected Roots

The current exhibition contains a section dedicated to Lebanon — featuring newspapers and the neon words “Disconnected Roots.”

She wanted to deliver certain message through this work; it shows how many countries are connected yet at the same time are disconnected due to political conflicts.

“I lived in Saudi Arabia longer than I did in Lebanon, even though I was born and raised there,” Halabi said.

‘Dreams Unveiled’: Saudi Artist Nada Halabi Combines Renaissance Art with Contemporary Flair
‘Dreams Unveiled’ by Saudi Artist Nada Halabi

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