Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Scottish Summer Exhibition

We are delighted to be exhibiting works by Nael Hanna for the first time at Smithy Gallery.

Nael Hanna in his studio

Nael is the special guest artist for our summer exhibition which opens this Sunday. He will be exhibiting sixteen paintings alongside other artists including George Birrell, James Orr, Marion Thomson, Nicole Stevenson, Ian Elliot, Cate Inglis and Emma Waine.

Breezy Day, West Coast Scotland

Nael has a fascinating background.  He was born in 1959 in Neneveh, Northern Iraq. From an early age he showed interest in art.  He studied Petroleum Studies at College before being drafted into the Army to serve in the Iraq–Iran War. He continued to paint throughout his military service and won an award from the Ministry of Education in Baghdad to study art in Britain.

In 1983 he commenced a language and foundation art course at Southampton before being accepted for a degree in Fine Art at Duncan Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. In 1987 he was awarded a place at the prestigious Hospitalfield in Arbroath and it was during this time that he developed his passion for the east coast of Scotland with its ever-changing weather and light and its dramatic
coastal scenery.

Walking on West Coast Shoreline

He graduated in 1989 and travelled to Florence after winning a scholarship from the Royal Scottish Academy (John Kinross Scholarship). After qualifying MPhil in Art at Dundee he became a lecturer in the Fine Art Department of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and then became Artist in Residence at Anton House day centre in Broughty Ferry – a charity providing care services to adults with physical disabilities.

His work developed and a string of prizes and awards followed. Over the  years Nael has exhibited regularly at the RGI, RSA, SSA and SAAC and has had numerous solo shows. He has exhibited in London and the South of England. His work is instantly recognisable and distinctive with rich texture and a unique colour palate. He lives and works in Dundee.

This exhibition previews this Sunday, 25th May 2-5pm.

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