The art of war: Emirati artist pays tribute to UAE’s fallen soldiers
ABU DHABI // An Emirati artist has chosen to pay her respects to the country’s fallen soldiers the best way she knows how – through her art.
“The moment I heard the news, I visualised and sensed the blood and wounds of soldiers as red roses,” said Budour Al Ali, an oil painter.
“I saw the sky as their coffin, as a symbol of their unlimited and unconditional sacrifice and love for the country.
“They’re noble, they gave their lives for our sake. We sleep safe and secure at night because, with courage, they stood in front of those who would harm us.”
Ms Al Ali, who is currently exhibiting paintings at a mall, said creating tributes for the martyrs had been a privilege.
“I consider myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to express my feelings and share them visually with the public,” she said. One piece of artwork in particular has garnered a positive response.
“It made a lot of people cry. It touched them in a very deep way. Many men cried in front of the painting. My heart melts each time I see such scenes. The way the painting is displayed, with candles and roses, and of course, the helmet, makes the atmosphere very spiritual and special.
“I was very happy that I was able to connect people with their feelings. I received many calls from those whom I had never met, congratulating me on the painting and for depicting the idea on canvas.
“They told me how it made them feel and I believe that true art talks to the feelings.”
Nehme Darwiche, chief executive officer of Al Seef Village Mall, said he was overwhelmed by the reaction.
“Every time I cross the corridor, I see people taking selfies and pictures along with the painting. It is also very popular in the social media. I am glad we have been able to share such beautiful art with the people of Abu Dhabi.”
Mr Darwiche said: “A mall is open for every one. It gives an opportunity to the artist to share his or her work with people.”
Shahid Jawad, of India, said: “I am a regular visitor of this mall and have seen earlier painting exhibitions here.
“But no other artwork has that power to stop people in their strides and appreciate it like this one. This painting melts your heart.”
Ms Al Ali, director of Budours Art Gallery, is considering featuring the painting in an exhibition to coincide with Martyr’s Day on November 30.
“As an artist, this is the least I can do to say ‘thank you’ to my brave soldiers,” she said.
The exhibition at Al Seef Village Mall will continue until December.
Published: October 21, 2015 04:00 AM