Sharjah Art Foundation Ahmed Morsi Retrospective : A Dialogic Imagination
Abdul Qader AlRais
Oil on canvas
67 x 50 cm
Courtesy of Mohammed AlSharekh
Abdul Qader Al Rais’s artistic career began with portraits. He would regularly paint the people around him and was known for his highly detailed figurative paintings. Al Rais was inspired by Rembrandt’s self-portraits, and would use a mirror in his room to paint his own portrait. Self-portrait (1970) was painted at the age of 19. The background has visible thick brushstrokes in various shades of blue, applied side by side, that give the painting a sense of depth.