The Flow of Stillness is a solo exhibition that takes audiences on a journey in nature. Artist Mahmood Al Daoud finds inspiration in nature in all of his works, and ever since moving to the UAE, he has been taken by the UAE’s unique environment. The exhibition includes works of various media where the artist utilizes sand and other materials from nature in his work. Artworks includes a resin with sand from across UAE installation reflecting light, sketches of boats, mixed media works on canvas, a dark room installation showing a short film that immerses audiences in a feeling of being in sandy environments.
The artist writes:
Through this exhibition, sand recovers the distinct stops of its journey: from robust wilderness and manmade meadows to imagined landscapes. Negotiated into pausing in the frame and captured through transcendental transparency, it lends itself to the visitor to be reinterpreted, reimagined, and “re-felt.” Proudly wearing its unique identities in colors, malleable, it absorbs nature’s palette into its sediments, summoning mangrove forests and ancient coasts. Meanwhile, in the background, it is gathering like a fleet into a perfect storm, infiltrating each particle, accentuating its presence, invoking a dialogue with the viewer’s parallel reminiscence. And so, through the frame, it stares back: a reminder, a journey, a dream.
Tuesday through Sunday: 12-8 pm.
Closed on Mondays.
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Mahmood Al Daoud is a Syrian artist based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.Read more
He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Humanities in Aleppo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Plastic Arts in 2011. Al Daoud expresses his passion for color through his color-mixing technique, where he shifts the focus from brush strokes to mixing and layering on canvas, allowing colors to overlap while standing out individually. Through this technique, borders fade holding no solid formations, and the extension of color insinuates realistic and artistic references while escaping limitations both to the artwork itself and the viewer’s imagination.
Al Daoud held his first solo exhibition, titled Visual Sensation at the Art House Gallery in Damascus (2012). Other solo exhibitions include Queens at the Tajalliat Art Gallery (2016) and In the Emptiness, at 392rmeil393 Gallery in Beirut (2013). He participated in various group exhibitions both regionally and internationally, including at the Contemporary Art Platform (Kuwait, 2014); Villa Paradiso (Beirut, 2015); Mahon Hall (Canada, 2018). He also participated at the Cannes Art Fair in France in 2018. His work featured on the book cover of Salwat Al Arifeen (Dar Al Mashreq, 2011) and Radiant Lights (Brill Publishers, 2021-2022).