Beijing by Khalid Alzayani

Khalid Alzayani

Ain Khalid, DOHA - State Of Qatar


Khalid’s abstract style, bold and fearless brush work allow him to communicate emotions and mode felt at the moment of painting. His paintings are gestural, impactful and full of movements. Each of his pieces is full of warmth, life and color, which reflects the man behind the brush perfectly.

His lively brush strokes, whether straight or more playfully curving and dancing, always convey a sense of emotions and delight in his art. He obviously loves to paint. The viewer sees this and it is rather contagious, joyful and energizing. Each of his pieces is full of warmth, life and color, which reflects the man behind the brush perfectly.

To him creativity is a derivative of mode and ambience during painting sessions. He believes that, the character of a painting reflects the mode of the artist thru brush strokes, texture and color.

He believes that a painting has a life of its own that evolves during painting session. It develops as he draws lines and colours on the canvas.

Following is how he started painting, as he describes it:

I started painting at age of 12. But, I fell in love with painting when I was first introduced to oil paints at the age of 15. It was the first time I had the feeling of a mature painter, when I had to wait for several days for the oil paint to dry on the canvas. At that time, I had to ride on my bike for several miles to an art shop owned by a British woman. It was the only art shop that sold oil paint in my country.

After abandoning painting for several years, I started painting again, but in watercolor, when Paul Cezanne’s still life paintings inspired me. Watercolors were the only medium I used. I painted mostly using a wet-on-wet technique. I fell deeply in love with how watercolor handled and how the paint pigments moved as water dried on the paper.

Then, I abandoned painting again until beginning of 2013 when I arranged an art exhibition for several artists. During the exhibition, I realized that if I had my own paintings, they would have fit nicely among other paintings being displayed. So, I started painting again, but this time, I started painting in acrylics. Since this exhibition, I have been painting continuously in acrylics and oils.

Artist statement

I'm defiantly inspired by Vincent van Gogh, Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell.
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