Abdulnasser Gharem  (Saudi Arabian, 1973) 

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Abdulnasser Gharem (Saudi Arabian, b.1973) is an innovative, pioneering artist whose work challenges the artistic conventions in Saudi Arabia. Gharem, who is also a lieutenant-colonel in the Saudi army, graduated from the King Abdulaziz Academy in 1992 before attending The Leader Institute in Riyadh. He studied at the influential Al-Meftaha Arts Village in Abha in 2003, which resulted in an influential group exhibition, Shattah.

In 2003, Gharem, along with fellow Al-Meftaha Arts Village graduates Ahmed Mater (Saudi Arabian, b.1979) and Stephen Stapleton, co-founded Edge of Arabia, an initiative aimed at expanding knowledge of and support for contemporary Middle Eastern art and culture to a global audience. Edge of Arabia has sponsored numerous exhibitions, education programs, and publications, and opened a permanent exhibition space in Battersea, London in early 2013.

Gharem made history when his work Messenger/Messenger (2010), a large wood and copper installation symbolizing the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, sold for over US$800,000 at Christie’s Dubai in 2011. This record auction price, over eight times the high estimate, was the highest paid price at auction for work by a living Arab artist. Gharem generously donated the proceeds of this sale to foster art education in Saudi Arabia.

Gharem has exhibited in Europe, the Gulf Coast, and in the United States, including at the Victoria and Albert and British Museums, Martin Gropius-Bau, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Palazzo Grassi (Francois Pinault Foundation), and at the Venice, Sharjah, and Berlin Biennales. His first monograph Abdulnasser Gharem: Art of Survival was published in October 2011. Gharem currently lives and works in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Abdulnasser Gharem, Flora and Fauna

 

Abdulnasser Gharem
Flora and Fauna
2013

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Abdulnasser Gharem, In Transit

 

Abdulnasser Gharem
In Transit
2013

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Abdulnasser Gharem, The Stamp Moujaz

 

Abdulnasser Gharem
The Stamp Moujaz
2013

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Abdulnasser Gharem, Manzoa

 

Abdulnasser Gharem
Manzoa
2013

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Abdulnasser Gharem, Flora and Fauna (Museum Edition)

 

Abdulnasser Gharem
Flora and Fauna (Museum Edition)
2013

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Abdulnasser Gharem, The Blue Line

 

Abdulnasser Gharem
The Blue Line
2013

Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet GmbH
Abdulnasser Gharem, Installation view

 

Abdulnasser Gharem
Installation view
Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet GmbH
Abdulnasser Gharem, THE STAMP (inshallah)

 

Abdulnasser Gharem
THE STAMP (inshallah)
2011

Side by Side Gallery Akim Monet GmbH
Abdulnasser Gharem, THE STAMP (amen)

 

Abdulnasser Gharem
THE STAMP (amen)
2012

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Abdulnasser Gharem, Al Siraat (The Path)

 

Abdulnasser Gharem
Al Siraat (The Path), 2007
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Abdulnasser Gharem, The Capitol Dome

 

Abdulnasser Gharem
The Capitol Dome, 2012
wood, high density polystyrene, copper, stone, steel and natural rope

 

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Abdulnasser Gharem, In Transit

 

Abdulnasser Gharem
In Transit, 2013
silkscreen on somerset tub paper

 

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1973   Born in Khamis Mushayt, Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia
  Lives and works in Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia
2012   'Journey to the heart of Islam', Hajj, British Museum, London, UK (group)
2011   'Future of a Promise', Collateral event of the 54. Venice Biennale, Magazzino del Sale Nr. 5, Venice, Italy (group)
2011   'The State : Social/Antisocial?', Group show, collectoin of The Third Line, Traffic and The Farook Collection, Traffic, Dubai, UAE (group)
2011   'Political Patterns – Changing Ornament', IFA-Galerie Berlin, Germany (group)
2011   'The New Middle East', Willeh Baars Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands (group)
2011   'The State: Uppers & Downers', artists from The Farook Collection, Traffic, Gallery I & II, Dubai, UAE (group)
2010 - 2011   'I don’t need your money honey all I need is love', Traffic, Gallery II, Dubai, UAE (group)
2010 - 2011   'Nujoom: Constellations of Arab Art from The Farjam Collection', The Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE (group)
2010   'Edge of Arabia' (17 Saudi artists from Jeddah, Makkah, Riyadh, Dhahran, Abha and Khamis Mushait), World Tour Launch, Riyadh; Art Dubai, Dubai; Berlin Berlinale, Berlin; Contemporary Istanbul Art fair, Istanbul (group)
2010   'Cave Sharjah', Contemporary Arab Video Encounter, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE (group)
2010   'Fuck Ups, Fables and Fiascos', Caprice Horn Gallery, Berlin, Germany (group)
2010   'Abdulnasser Gharem: Restored Behaviour', XVA Gallery, Dubai, UAE (solo)
2009 - 2010   'Taswir – Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity', Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2009   'The Greenbox Museum of Contemporary Art', Saudi Arabia, Amsterdam (solo)
2009   The 28th Annual Exhibition, The Emirates Fine Arts Society, Sharjah, UAE (group)
2007   The 8th Sharjah International Biennial, UAE (group)
2006   'Son of Assir Exhibition', Abha Saudi Arabia (group)
2006   '(Alserat)path', Video, King Fahad Art Village, Abha Saudi Arabia (solo)
2005   Abu Dhabi Culture Council, Abu Dhabi, UAE (group)
2004   Collectors Exhibition, King Fahad Gallery, Riyadh Saudi Arabia (group)
2004   The 18th Contemporary Art in Saudi Arabia, King Faisal Gallery, Riyadh Saudi Arabia (group)
2004   'You are so far from Earth (Shattah)', Group Second Exhibition, King Fahad Art Village, Abha Saudi Arabia (group)
2004   Bahat Al Fenon Competition, Al Baha Saudi Arabia (group)
2004   'The white tongue who speaks slowly”, King Fahad Art Village, Abha Saudi Arabia (solo)
2004   '(Sunflower field) Who keeps watching the sun', Attileh, Jeddah Saudi Arabia (solo)
2003   'UN Inspector', Attileh, Jeddah Saudi Arabia (solo)
2003   'Mute', Attileh, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (solo)
2003   Saudi Maluan Competition (Jeddah, Bahrain, Beirut & Dubai), Hilton Hotel, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (group)