How Anwar Behbehani curated her first solo exhibit
For artists a solo show is a huge milestone. It can be terrifying, exciting and exhausting. But without a doubt Anwar Behbehani, who held her first show September 8-9, was ready for it. She has been drawing since
Calling artists passionate is clichéd, even though it is almost always very true. Amira Behbehani, however, can be defined by her compassion more than her drive to create art. Because beneath that compulsion to
See it here first! Tamara Qaddoumi's newest music video
Tamara Qaddoumi's teaser for her upcoming EP Dust Bathing just dropped on YouTube!
Directed by Pablo Lozano, the animated music video is so visually pleasing. We may have watched it more than once because it is
Nejoud picks Zak's brain about what it's like being a musician in Kuwait
Introducing Zak Musawi is quasi-unnecessary. Still, for the few in the cultural scene who have been living under a rock, Zak is a local legend. And his star keeps shining brighter.
He plays both the guitar and
Local German artist Mona Ruehle finds beauty in everything, from dust storms to fruit
When Mona Ruehle invited me to her studio, I was bubbling with excitement. I had already seen some of her art online, and I was smitten with it. To be granted access to the place where it all happens truly felt li
Local photographer Bader Al Rajhi abstracts reality through his lens
It was February 2016 when local abstract, minimalist and street photographer Bader Al Rajhi first discovered our publication. The February cover featured a soulful capture of a beautiful corner in Kuwait’s Al-Mu
From art, to striking the perfect balance, Shurooq Amin tells us more about her Pilates journey
We know that you’re probably anticipating the full scoop on renowned artist Shurooq Amin’s latest body of work, and you’re not entirely wrong to do so. In this feature, however, we explore a different side t
We all know that almost wistful feeling when it comes to throwing away pretty packaging. But really, why should we keep that beautiful little box our gourmet tea came in, or the funky printed tag that was attached
The artist behind the many faces of social anxiety
There’s an overused Khalil Ghibran quote all the cool kids insist is worth sharing on social networks these days; “between what’s said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost." Od
By Ashley Alleluya
Appreciate boredom. Illustrator Ben Rubin of Brooklyn, NY owes his popularity to it. Boring rides in the tube led to the creation of Ben's private underground fantasy world that is the New Yo
Local sketch artist Hussein Baydoun values inspiration. So much that, he could spend days on end searching for the perfect subject to sketch. Once he does, however, there’s no stopping the swift, but calculated,
It was a series of fortunate events that led him to the path of comic book writing, but it all started in fashion design and illustrations. “I had a job drawing shoes for catalogues in the 60s,” he began casua
By Anna Wallace-Thompson
The faces of Kuwaiti artist Ghadah Alkandari’s Eves are familiar – they fill a universe on canvas, spread their wings across pages of her journals, wave at you as three dimensional p
While modern artists are constantly in the public eye, Amira Behbehani prefers to remain in the background. Creating her art in peace, the artist finds that keeping a low profile suits her more. As the creative co
By Kuwait Anime Club
An Instagram video shows a woman holding a hair dryer and some crayons in her hand. You’d never think that those two things have something in common, or that it is possible to create anyt
By Fay Al Humoud
At just 23 years old, SPAZ grew a reputation within the Lebanese graffiti scene as the man behind the characters. As his passion for graffiti grew, he utilized this medium to help him express h
There exists a rare breed of human whose talent exceeds not only societal expectations but even that of the self. Jassim Alnashmi is one of these diamonds in a mine. He is not just a talented poet in his own right
Renowned artist eL Seed presents Cairo’s forgotten Zaraeeb community
Absolute beauty is always troubling. With it comes a sense of pride and self-entitlement that is sometimes presumptuous and unmerited. For the residents of Zaraeeb, a Cairene Coptic community that exists in the ne
Driven by human emotion, digital artist Fida Al Hussan has captivated our online feeds with her ethereal works. Based in Riyadh, KSA, the Saudi-born artist believes that art allows us all to delve deeper into our
‘…an experience of calm and exhilaration simultaneously - is what I try to capture in my work...’
It is an intriguing new approach to geometry; Rana Begum’s visually meditative sculptural works meld art and design seamlessly. The London-based artist grew up in Bangladesh. Recalling her childhood days, Rana s
Ricardas Blazukas unveils his art to Kuwait’s creative community
Ricardas Blazukas is an eclectic independent artist and professional architect whose work portfolio ranges from abstract painting and photography, to cast sculpture and ceramics. His work, published in UK design m
Our last interview with Shurooq Amin (March 2012) left both this bazaar writer and the artist with much pride, and trepidation. I distinctly remember Shurooq voicing her concerns about the show, "I’ve never care
Artist Pinot Ichwandardi’s tells tales of his family’s time in Kuwait
Kuwait has always been brimming with a thriving multicultural community. While many expats come and go, we don't often see people who pay a tribute to their time in Kuwait through art. In the case of one Pinot Ich
The Spanish artist challenges our inner perceptions, and encourages us to explore what is behind the masks we all wear.
In the center of Spain a small town rests between the Paleozoic mountain ranges, named Almagro. In the late 15th century, a young man by the name of Diego de Almagro was searching for himself in a world that had l
By Lulua Al Osaimi
After giving my father a copy of bazaar’s November issue featuring my ‘Guide to Driving in Kuwait’ article, I called him during my lunch break to see what he thought. “Hey Dad, so wha
For those of you who may not have noticed, a pretty substantial thing happened in the world of music on Sunday, November 3rd, the arrival of the inaugural YouTube Music Awards (YTMA). I know that may feel like an
If Damien Hirst was creating waves with his fetus sculptures in Doha, Qatar, Kuwait was not far behind. In a month-long exhibition, Boushahri Art Gallery made great strides in its very own ‘Miraculous Journey of
In our continued efforts to bridge the gap between local musicians, musical interests, and the larger world-wide music community, we sit down this month with a couple who have for some time now been the epicenter
We recently got to sit down with Miranda Winkler, a half Indonesian American who has lived in Kuwait for a little over 5 years now. As an Origami hobbyist, pencil artist and, more recently a painter as well, she c
After our recent articles on gigs and using social media to your best advantage (i.e. getting the word out), we were recently asked a question that seems to come up often: but what else can I do in the mean time?
Since its launch in Brooklyn, New York in 2002, West Elm has become a favorite destination for design lovers. Mixing clean lines, natural textures and global accents, they create unique, affordable designs for mod
Riham Al-Reshaid is a self-taught new and emerging artist living and working in Kuwait. As an artist, she works in a variety of styles and mediums ranging from pen & ink drawings to more detailed oil paintings
Lets talk music. In this, our new music column, we aim to speak to music at large, specifics to the local market, local artists doing their own thing, and all with a musician’s perspective. With over a decade in
The art of ornament, as varied as it may seem, is one best conveyed by the budding scene of artisanal jewelers in Kuwait and the region. In this special series, bazaar explores the works of some of the finest Jewe
Even amidst times of financial austerity, India’s vibrant art scene has been thriving. Last month’s art fair, held in New Delhi, only confirmed this. bazaar brings you a complete lowdown on the many flavors of
Since launching GRIN only a couple of years ago, talented artist and jewelry designer Anne Gedeon continues to deliver on her promise of statement pieces for the fearless woman. Her inspirations are not trend-domi
Al M Gallery recently showcased a stimulating new exhibition of Iraqi artist, Ghassan Muhsen whose works for Every Day Is A New Tale are distinctly powerful and moving. The metaphors of his expression are drawn fr
Exclusive with Cookie Artist Natasha, the creator of Nataly’s Cookies
“Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Who, me? Yes, you! Couldn’t be! Then who?” Thus, goes the “Cookie Jar Song”, a sing-along song/game, that most of us will remember singing as kids. As per Wikip
Art has that magical ability to enrich and enhance our lives. Don’t believe me? Go and visit the luminaries of contemporary art going up on the auction block and see the transformation!
Back with a ban
Abu Dhabi Art brings together under one roof internationally renowned and emerging galleries. bazaar takes a look at some of the highlights ahead of the opening.
The mood is upbeat and Abu Dhabi is on a new hig
The makings of an artist are countless; from education, practice, to an innate talent, Muneera Al-Rumaihi presents us with the simple process of exploration. A desire to explore, well nurtured with ambition, educa
The fourth annual art salon (June 24 to September 15) promises to live up to the high reputation of its previous avatars.
An annual art salon at Boushahri art gallery is strong in both its diversity and in it
Omar Nakib is an obsessive drawer. He has been drawing since the 9th grade with his favourite medium – ballpoint pen in sketchbooks.
His teachers at the American International School recently cut him loose fr
From the souks of Marrakech to the streets of London
We were so struck by the image you see on this month’s cover that we knew we wanted to use it the moment we saw it and, of course, wanted to then know more about the man behind the camera.
Not only did Hassan
Premiering at the AL M. Gallery in Al-Salhiya complex, It’s a Man’s World marks yet another career milestone for celebrated artist and national treasure, Shurooq Amin. Between finalizing her last few pieces of
‘Music is that magical air that lives in our space’
Music is that magical air that lives in our space. It knows no boundaries, carries no stigmas. It is unconditional love expressed through one's energy. And like energy, music can neither be created nor destroyed -
An extreme, yet precise, dose of Beirut is embodied by Mashrou3 Leila. A transient musical experiment, literally translated as an overnight project, a band whose music is synonymous with Beirut, with its daily add
The relationship between art and history is both highly monogamous and deceitful at times. Traditional studies of the history of war paint an idealist existence; the victors of struggle demonstrate political domin
by Hamad AlSarraf
Souls don't grow old.
The true explanations about the soul are still unknown to this very day. Different cultures and religions have attempted to explain the reality of the soul. However for
“Art is born from vision and passion. It's a combination of raw talent, a fearless voice, a clear vision and a mind-shifting philosophy.” Artist Statement.
One could undisputedly argue that true art could not be contained, for true art transcends all obstacles to present a captivating message. Regardless of training, structure or methodology, true art surpasses all.
By Theyab Al Tamimi
I am Theyab. I am a User Interface Artist at the Barcelona office of Ubisoft, one of the largest video game companies in the world. Living in Barcelona is great! I love seeing Gaudi’s archi
The invitation read, “Dar Al Funoon has great pleasure to introduce to Kuwait one of its youngest talents.” Born in 1999 making him eleven years of age to date, he picked up his first paintbrush at the age of