Today's column presents three videos of works of art by Arab women. Each of the three artists has been spotlighted at Arab Women Artists on FaceBook.
✭ Faiza Maghni, of Algeria, is a self-taught painter. Note in the video below how the eyes in her wonderful portraits of women rivet your attention. Read Deanna Elaine Piowaty's interesting interview with Maghni at Combustus: "Faiza Maghni: 'I look for the cracks...'".
Faiza Maghni on FaceBook and Pinterest
✭ Women often are subjects of the paintings of Fatimah Al Nemer, of Saudi Arabia, who also is a jewelry designer. In her early twenties, Al Nemer has received a number of awards, including the top prizes in the Modern Saudi Art competition of 2010 and the Saudi Calligraphy Art competition of 2011. Her paintings were among those of a number of Saudi artists shown last year at the French Consulate.
"'Stay': Celebrating the Female Form", Saudi Arabia News, June 6, 2012
✭ A painter of densely detailed, imaginary landscapes in a Moorish style, Iraq's Widad Al Orfali has exhibited in New York, London, Bonn, and numerous European and Arab countries. She founded Baghdad's first private art gallery, Al-Orfali Gallery, which was taken over by militia in 2003. (The story of her gallery is recounted in Yaroslav Trofimov's Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, From Baghdad to Timbuktu (Picador, 2006).)
Art Work by Widad Al Orfali, 1950 - Present