No. 13 

Nasser Al Aswadi_ Untitled_ 2015

Nasser Al Aswadi , Untitled (detail), 2015, Mixed media on canvas, 116 x 116 cm


As another year is drawing to an end, we celebrate the first anniversary of our artist's feature and newsletter. Its a great privilege to be working with so many amazing artists and we thank you for continuing to read and support our monthly emails.  Don't forget too to follow us on social media.

Having returned from a hugely enjoyable visit to Abu Dhabi Art last month, I am now looking forward to returning to the region to talk on 9 December 2015 at the MIA in Doha on the work of Shadi Ghadirian.  Please do come along.

Lastly, we feature this month the work of Yemeni artist, Nasser Al Aswadi.  Nasser's canvases can be read on many different levels, whether it be calligraphic or abstract or allusory and we invite you to enter his world.

With all best wishes from the JRFA Team.


Nasser Al Aswadi Biography
Nasser Al Aswadi was born in October 4th, 1978 at al Hujr village, not far from Taiz, the third city of Yemen. He lived in his village until he turned 16 years old. Later on, he studied architecture in Taiz and then in Sanaa. He exhibited his first works in Sanaa in 2001. Since 2008, Nasser has been moving between Yemen and France...  Read full biography 
Interview with Nasser Al Aswadi
Untitled (detail), 2012, Mixed media on canvas, 145 x 130 cm
When did you first become interested in art? What did your family think about this interest?
"I started from early primary school days, I was passionate about everything related to drawing, I used to draw on the walls and anything that fell into my hands... According to my family, school studies were the most important thing and not talent..."
Read full interview

Installation Views

'Working across calligraphy in his paintings, Al-Aswadi finds words on his canvas a way to express feelings, emotions and thoughts without being linked to the language. He deals with a combination of letters, words and shapes in a very personal way in regards to their meanings, references and religious symbols. The blossoming patterns between these shapes have created a profound impact on the artist and have given him a chance to experience his unlimited desire to create.' JAMM Gallery


De.Fash.Struction De.Fash.Struction
1971 Design Space, 7 October 2015 - 26 December 2015, Sharjah, UAE. More here
Biennale africaine de la photographie
Rencontres de Bamako, 31 October 2015 - 31 December 2015, Bamako, Mali. More here
Lasting Impressions_ George Bahgory
Sharjah Art Museum, 11 November 2015 - 31 December 2015, Sharjah, UAE. More here
Cr_er_ c_est R_sister
BM Lyon, 8 October - 9 January 2016, Bibliothèque de la Part-Dieu, France. More here
Whose Gaze Is It Anyway_ Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?
ICA, 24 October 2015 - 10 January 2016, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, England. More here  
Focus_ Works from Mathaf Collection
Mathaf, 11 October 2015 - 14 February 2016, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar. More here
Hrair Sarkissian. Back to the Future
Fondazione Carispezia, 27 November 2015 - 21 February 2016, La Spezia, Italy. More here
Towards the ineffable_ Farideh Lashai
TMOCA, 20 November 2015 - 26 February 2016, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran. More here
Newsha Tavakolian_ I know why the rebel sings
Prince Claus Fund Gallery, 27 November 2015 - 4 March 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. More here
Hassan Hajjaj_ My Rock Stars
Worcester Art Museum, 7 November 2015 - 6 March 2016, Contemporary Gallery, Worcester. More here

With the holiday season coming up, we thought it would be fun to focus on a few recommended art book reading lists in case you need some help with and inspiration for presents for your nearest and dearest.  Here they now are.  
Christmas 2015_ The 8 best books in art
The first solo show in Italy by Armenian-Syrian photographer Hrair Sarkissian featuring 86 photographs and a video focusing on the themes of the uncertainty of the future and of social, political, religious and cultural identity.

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