The famous artist well known for introducing contemporary art to the United Arab Emirates, Hassan Sharif, passed away on 18 September at the age of 65 years. This pioneering conceptual artist was born in Dubai in 1951. Initially a caricaturist for local newspapers from 1973 onwards, the artist went to London to study fine arts at the Byam Shaw School of Art. His diploma in hand, Sharif returned to live in the Emirates, his ambition being to develop contemporary art in the Gulf countries. He thus founded the Emirates Fine Art Society in 1980 and founded a school in Sharjah in 1984, the Al Marijah Art Atelier, where he taught and acted as mentor for emerging artists. Sharif was three times a jury member of the Sharjah International Art Biennial in 1997, 1999 and 2003. He also cofounded, in 2005, a gallery for contemporary artists, the Flying House in Dubai, and was chosen to represent the United Arab Emirates in 2009 for its very first Venice Biennale. In 2015, he participated in the Biennale again.
Emirati artist Hassan Sharif bows out
Paris | 4 October 2016 | AMA | |
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