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Decorative architecture of Jeddah is preserved by Rawasheen exhibition.

Rawasheen UAE exhibition
The exhibition gathered some of the country's most prominent and up-and-coming artists under Jeddah's auspices.

The exhibition gathered some of the country’s most prominent and up-and-coming artists under Jeddah’s auspices.

In an ode to the rowshan, one of the maximum distinctive Hijazi architectural features, 43 Saudi female artists combined forces in Jeddah’s Fine Art Center exhibition. The rowshan is an elaborately patterned wooden window frame at the outdoor of the old homes that air their interior. In the display, titled “Rawasheen,” (plural for rowshan), Saudi artist and trainer Ibtihal Bajnaid collected many of the country’s most prominent and up-and-coming artists under the auspices of the city of Jeddah. The artists seemed to capture the splendour of the rowshan, which turned into a prominent feature of old homes in Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah. The use of the rawasheen has died out, and they are observed only in some offices, houses and old homes in Hijaz today. With 70 artworks on display, the purpose was to preserve and even revive Jeddah’s innovative architecture legacy. Bajnaid has researched the art of the rowshan for years. Looking to revive the architectural feature, she dedicated her first exhibition to its splendour. She informed  :”The rawasheen of Jeddah is only the start. We are making plans to cover all historic structure and traditional legacies of the Kingdom.” The artworks of the gallery — a number of them abstract art inspired by the essence of the old city today — have been mostly inspired by images of the rawasheen by well-known photographers. Najla Abdulshakour, an artist who’s the media coordinator of the gallery, stated the gallery works as “a documentation for the cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia and its historical civilization, specifically the well-known architectural art of historic Jeddah.”

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Her mom stated: “Rital is a completely innovative, talented youngster and she’s a quick self-learner. She began out to attract cool animated film characters through tutorials on YouTube when she was seven. She then became curious about portrait and oil paintings. I tried to enrol her in portrait artwork courses; however, she wasn’t accepted because of her age. Luckily, she met Ibtihal, who welcomed her in her classes and provided her with the help that led her to take part today in an actual art gallery with adult artists for the first time even at this very younger age.” Afrah Ahmad, one of Riyadh’s participants, stated: “I cherished the subject so much, it has to do with the historical past of my country. My painting is built upon the one-point perspective, wherein you may see the whole thing from one direction.” Inspired by a 150-year-old building, Khadija Abu Al-Husain, from Makkah, attempted to mirror the extra vibrant tone of the building to pick up its decorative exterior, as inspired by a 150-year-old building, Khadija Abu Al-Husain, from Makkah, attempted to mirror the extra vibrant tone of the building to pick up its decorative exterior, implemented many adjustments to the building over the years. Today the building has been changed into an antique art gallery and oriental music cafe. “The authentic photo turned into in black and white, so I used aquatic colours to reflect at the style of vintage Jeddah structure,” she stated. Eighteen-year-old Jana Gandeel created models of the two maximum famous rawasheen in Jeddah using numerous materials, including the very thin Wawa wood, popsicle sticks, wooden dowels, and barbecue sticks, with some carving and different tools. “I want my artwork and name to be known in the art industry, I need to understand all of the big artists, and hopefully in the future, I may be one of them,” she stated.

Written by Jonathan Brody

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