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6,600 Miles Away: Bahraini Artists

Andréa Fernandes

Reader Paul A. lives in Bahrain, part of a region whose artists have not yet been covered in "Feel Art Again." While much less information is available (especially in English) on Bahraini artists (and artists from other small countries), I focused on Bahraini artists today because it's important for us to remember that there are accomplished artists in regions other than America and Europe.

Today's post features two talented Bahraini artists, Abbas Yousif and Adnan AlAhmed, who were both born in 1960.

Although Abbas Yousif received a BA in Arabic Literature, not art, from Qatar University, he has made a name for himself in the art world. His works have been included in exhibits in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, UAE, Ukraine, USA, and Yugoslavia. In addition to his work as an artist, Yousif writes about fine arts for local news.

AlAhmed /

Adnan AlAhmed

is not as widely known as Yousif, but his works are still quite traveled. He has exhibited in Bahrain, Egypt, France, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwain, UAE, and UK. AlAhmed graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts in 1986. He works as a décor designer for the Bahrain Broadcasting and Television Corporation.

Larger versions of the two works pictured (the titles are unknown) are available. Just click on the images themselves for the larger versions. Fans should check out the Yousif and AlAhmed galleries from the Bahrain Arts Society; Yousif's works at the Zara Gallery; and Yousif's web site. For more information about Bahraini artists, check out the Bahrain Arts Society. * Distance in title calculated from the center of New York City (where our online operations are based) to the center of Bahrain. "Feel Art Again" appears three times a week. Looking for a particular artist? Visit our archive for a complete listing of all 250+ artists that have been featured. You can e-mail us at with details of current exhibitions, for sources or further reading, or to suggest artists. Or you can head to our Facebook page, where you can do everything in one place.