A Saudi artist dived under the sea in a unique and memorable way to celebrate the 91st Saudi National Day, which comes on Thursday.
Hattan Al Maghreby swam 50 feet beneath the surface of the Red Sea in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to create a portrait of the country featuring the founder King Abdulaziz, King Salman, and the Crown Prince.
Furthermore, the artist stated in an interview with Al-Arabiya.net that he was embraced by drawing since he was a child, noting that he began painting with wooden colours and chairs.
Underwater oil painting
He stated that he learnt to dive underwater in 2002, and that he had imagined himself creating an underwater painting in the depths of the sea, among the beautifully colorful fish and wonderful coral formations, for several years.
He confirmed that he was able to dive at a depth of 50 feet in the depths of the Red Sea in Saudi dress, executing the drawing of the 91st Saudi National Day, to celebrate this day.
He said that he used “oil” colors in the painting, indicating that it took 40 minutes to paint it under water.