Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Form" by Khalid Alhamad

Unfortunately I missed this but click on the link below for a write up on the exhibit.  Khalid is an up and coming Kuwaiti artist and former student at AUK.  He showed with our group at the Opera Gallery in Dubai (New talents from Kuwait), sold all of his work at that show, and was picked up by the gallery.  Watch for him!


Khalid al Hamad - photography


Saturday, March 20, 2010

betel nut beauties & pigs blood...

Jonah Whipp's film 'Pigs Blood" is showing at Madison's Play Circle on April 17... Jonah is great, see this if you can... he was zooming around on the back of a scooter shooting on a vintage Bolex camera these 'betel nut beauties' on our study abroad trip to Taiwan... he is heading off to South Korea right after this screening so see it NOW while you can!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

exhibit to help cancer victims...

Two of my paintings are included in an exhibit opening Monday, March 15, at 6:30 PM.  All artworks will be sold for a symbolic price which will be donated to the Rugaya Al Qatami charity foundation to help cancer victims.  Hope to see you at the show!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Could this Chinese Year of the Tiger be the last one with actual tigers still afoot in the world’s wild?

Fretting About the Last of the World’s Biggest Cats   By BILL MARSH   Published: March 6, 2010

Could this Chinese Year of the Tiger be the last one with actual tigers still afoot in the world’s wild?

The numbers are not encouraging. Experts believe the global wild tiger population has fallen to below 3,000 — less than 3 percent of what it was just 100 years ago. Today, their range has been reduced to small patches, isolating many of the animals in genetically impoverished groups of dozens of cats or fewer.  In India, some famous tiger reserves have no tigers left at all.
The new Year of the Tiger, which began last month, will be a year of talking about the tiger, and urgently so. Thailand hosted a meeting of concerned Asian nations last month. This week a major conference — the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora — begins in Qatar, where tigers will be a marquee topic. A “summit” planned for Vladivostok, in September, will be hosted by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia and the president of the World Bank.
Mr. Putin has taken an especially active interest in the Amur sub-species, also known as the Siberian tiger, the largest of all the big cats, with males weighing up to 800 pounds and growing to lengths of 12 feet. Visitors to his Web site can track the movements of a female he collared with a transmitting device in 2008.
The long human assault on tigers has many participants: the seekers of traditional tiger-based medicines for mundane ailments like headaches; poachers and traffickers who raid wildlife sanctuaries; governments indifferent to the steady march of farmers and settlers on the tiger’s dwindling range.
A leading conservationist implicates one more culprit: the world’s leading conservationists. Alan Rabinowitz, who heads Panthera, a group devoted to big cat preservation, says that ever-more-numerous tiger organizations are mostly competing for donors when they should be concentrating on protecting the most promising populations and fighting poachers, the cats’ foremost threat. Despite millions raised and spent in the last decade or so, wild tigers may have declined by half over that time.
China banned trade in tiger products in 1993, but illegal demand there remains high and is the greatest driver of poaching. China periodically has considered lifting the ban to allow some of its tiger farms to provide parts to meet domestic demand for medicinal tiger products.
The possibility that China could lift the ban “is without a doubt the most polarized issue in tiger conservation,” said Ronald Tilson, a director at the Minnesota Zoo and an authority on tigers. Most conservationists insist that more tiger products increase demand, and more demand always hurts wild tigers, because consumers prefer wild ones for what is believed to be their greater potency.
There are an estimated 5,000 captive tigers in China and another 8,000 worldwide — kept as exhibits, entertainment, pets and livestock. In Texas alone, a hotspot in the robust market for the animals, there are more tigers in captivity than in the wild globally.
Meanwhile, the talk continues over how to keep these biggest of the big cats freely roaming a few small corners of the planet.

original article:
Fretting About the Last of the World’s Biggest Cats

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Although today the weather was truly beautiful, there has been really bad sandstorms on and off the last few weeks.  These photos were taken just one day apart...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Iraqi artist tonight at Dar Al Funoon

Dar Al Funoon cordially invites you to an exhibition by Himat, an internationally renowned artist whose works have been showcased, documented and filmed in Japan, the Arab World and Europe.
Opening on Wednesday 4th of March 2010 at 7pm

The exhibition continues through 18 March.

For additional details please see the attached file.

Please remember that the only access to the gallery is through the Gulf Road.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

funny Turkish figurative paintings... worth seeing!

"Boushahri Art Gallery"

Cordially invites you to attend the opening ceremony of the Art exhibition by:
"Sahin Paksoy"
"From Turkey"
On Tuesday, 2 March 2010, at 7.00 pm
The exhibition runs through 20 March 2010.

"We would be delighted by your presence"

For any additional info, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Tell:          +965 25621119
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Address:   Salmiya – Baghdad St., Building 36, Front of AL- Laheeb Mosque.   

Daily working hours:    Morning     10 – 1 pm.
                                        After noon   5 – 9 pm.
                                        Except on Friday and the evening on Thursday.