Saudi painter Budur bint Abdullah Al-Sudairy won a prize of distinction at the London Art Biennale of 2013 for her work representing the Saudi life at the concluding function at the in Chelsea Old Town Hall on Saturday.
The work, which carried the title ‘Al-Ghat Dates: Candy for the rich, Nourishment for the poor’ portrays the importance of dates in Saudi life.
Al-Sudairy expressed her joy at winning international recognition for her work in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.
“I am proud to represent my country in European exhibitions with my works on the dates in Al-Ghat city and win the Ulysses Prize awarded by the International Tourism Organization. The painting is also commended as the best project on “the Al-Ghat Heritage Town,” he said.
She said she was keen as an artist to be a partner in the development of her country, which is famous for dates and palm trees. She also had a pressing desire to express her sentiments about the date and its benefits, which is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an. “So, my painting on this theme stresses and highlights our concern for the dates and the fascinating natural beauty of palm groves amidst Towaiq mountains,” the artist said.
She said her works received great appreciation from visitors and painters at the exhibition.
The director of the exhibition also expressed her admiration for the theme presented by a Saudi artist.
Italian Painter Alberto Bakari said in a statement to the SPA that the painting, which combined photographic technique with painting art in an elegant style, evoked deep-seated sentiments in viewers. Merfet Al-Amir, another Saudi painter who participated in the exhibition with water color drawings, said her works also received strong appreciation of other artists.
Source: Arab News