Balqees Fakhro, Untitled, Acrylic on Canvas, 120 x 130 cm, 2015

Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB), the Kingdom of Bahrain’s international art fair is pleased to announce its participation at the Cosmoscow International Art Fair, which will be held at the Historic Market Building from 8th to 10th September 2017.

At stand D7, Balqees Fakhro, one of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s leading artists, will be represented with a selection of abstract acrylic works on canvas.

Inspired by specific experiences and places, Balqees Fakhro’s large abstract works capture themes from her surrounding Bahraini environment. Including both rural and urban landscapes, Balqees Fakhro’s work examines identity, belonging and memory:

“My paintings revolve around the themes of belonging and memories of places. Through my abstract style, my paintings show a mystery of a place belonging to a very basic form of living, such as the caves and tents of our ancestors”

Says Kaneka Subberwal, Art Bahrain Across Borders Fair and Programme Director:

“With Cosmoscow now in its fifth edition, it is encouraging to be one of the only participants from the Gulf associated with this fair, presenting a solo exhibition of one of our most senior abstract artists and we hope this be the first of a long standing artistic exchange across borders”.

Says curator andwriterAlistairHicks:

“In the Middle East Balqees Fakhro has built up her reputation as Bahrain’s leading abstract painter. Artists like Balqees from the kingdom are receiving an increased appreciation on an international scale”

Balqees Fakhro’s has exhibited at ArtBAB and the third edition of the fair will run from March 14th – 18th2018 and the organisers of ArtBAB are hosting brunch on Friday, September 8th to launch ArtBAB to the Cosmoscow and wider audience.

Art Bahrain Across Borders

Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB) is Bahrain’s foremost international art fair with a mission to attract global galleries to the Kingdom, thereby expanding the art market whilst facilitating the development of local Bahraini artists.ArtBAB acts as a bridge between Bahrain and the rest of the world.

ArtBAB is under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty the King of Bahrain and President of the Supreme Council for Women renowned for providing a supportive environment for up and coming talent within Bahrain. Her Royal Highness is an artist herself, known for both her seascape and landscape digital drawings. Her works were exhibited in ArtBAB 2017 and will feature as part of ArtBAB2018

Founder, Fair and Programme Director of Art Bahrain Across Borders, Kaneka Subberwal

Kaneka Subberwal is an art advisor, entrepreneur, and expert in Middle Eastern and South Asian art. She began working in Bahrain in 2008 with her art consultancy firm, Art Select. In 2015, she co-founded ArtBahrain, the kingdom’s international art fair, now branded as Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB). Her goal is to create a common space for galleries and artists from around the globe to connect with local collectors and art lovers whilst encouraging the development of the Bahraini art market through a central pavilion of new and emerging Bahraini artistworks.

Balqees Fakhro

Bahraini born, Balqees Fakhro was educated in Beirut and lived and studied in northern California before returning to Bahrain to work as one of the Kingdom’s leading artists.

For the past 40 years she has participated in group exhibitions and solo shows across the Gulf region and the world, exhibiting her work with a collective of Middle Eastern artists as part of the Friends of Art of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries as well as participating at Art Bahrain Across Borders, the Kingdom’s international artfair.

In Bahrain her work is included in the permanent collection of the Bahrain National Museum and in the Manama Hall of the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. Her works have been acquired by museums and collections internationally, from Jordan to Germany, including the Modern Art Museum in Amman and the Arab Museum ofModernArtinDoha.

Balqees also has a distinguished career as an art critic, lecturing at the Bahrain Arts Society on subjects such as J. M. W. Turner’suse of light and on Turner’s influence upon her own work.