13.19"W x 15.35"H x 0.4"D

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Camille Van Neer

Amsterdam, NH

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: blockboard, acrylic, portrait art, woman portrait

Media: acrylic on blockboard

Size: 13.19"W x 15.35"H x 0.39"D

Year Created: 2017

Malan Aldowayan is a Saudi Arabian woman artist who paints and creates performances using video as well. I hardly paint women's faces, so when I felt the urge to break that unexplained habit, it was only logical that I would choose a female artist (as I love to paint and draw artist portraits). I had heard about the surprising art movement in the Middle-East and wondered how that worked out in a conservative country such as Saudi Arabia. And that is how I came across Malan. And painted her.

I lived in Tamilnadu, South-India, for almost 15 years, my (late) wife Jansi is Tamilian, our twins for 50%. Tamil is the language of nearly 70 million people in and outside India. Tamil is the language of poets, its verses are well-known across many borders and there isn't an Indian state that produces as many new songs every year as Tamilnadu does. In short, when thinking about a name for my art enterprise, கலை ('art') immediately came to my mind. I draw and paint since a small age, but only since 2002 I have been taking it more seriously. When Jansi died in 2014 I was down and out for a year, but in 2015 while putting myself and our twins together again, my art work started to take me on a strong flight to where I am now, where I draw and paint so much that I dare call myself an artist.

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