Haneefa Albdulqarder is a young artist originally from Pakistan. Her passion is creating and exhibiting intricate lanscapes full of rich colour. ArtsQatar spoke with her to find out what it’s like to be an aspiring artist based in Doha.
Tell us about your art?
My art has been a progression – even it terms of what I paint with. When I was a kid I wasn’t a fan of drawing, but I loved colouring and playing with colour. I started with watercolours, then I moved to acrylics and then finally, recently, to oil painting.
Painting landscapes, rather than portraits, is what attracts my attention. I’m fascinated by the colours and textures of the natural world.
Where have you exhibited your work so far?
I exhibited at school, then once at university (I studied English Literature at Qatar University) and then at Katara’s Spring Outdoor Art Fair in April, where I had the opportunity to show and sell some of my art alongside others from the artistic community in Qatar.
Were you glad you took part in the Spring Outdoor Art Fair, an event that proved very popular when it was held in the covered area underneath Katara’s amphitheatre?
Yes. Absolutely. It was great to meet all of the people who were interested in art in Qatar – many of the people looking around really seemed glad to have the opportunity to speak with the various artists who were exhibiting their work. It was also nice to see what other artists based in Qatar were doing. There was a very nice community atmosphere about the fair.
Do you find that there is much of an artistic community in Qatar?
There is – it’s ok – but I don’t think you get as many opportunities if you’re not a Qatari National. That can be a bit frustrating. You can have your work admired, but beyond that there aren’t great chances for support and to establish yourself more if you’re not Qatari. But I intend to stay here, where I do feel that the art community is growing.
How much work goes into producing one of your paintings?
It can take a long time, maybe two months or more, to produce a large-scale and more intricate canvas. You have to be patient – one layer needs time to dry properly before carrying on with the next layer. If someone looks at my work I want them to sense the amount of effort that’s been put in. I want them to make that connection. Seeing them make a connection with the depth of feeling in an artwork is more important to me than whether they want to buy it.