At the beginning of her artistic career, Saudi artist Wedad Al-Bakr focused on nature and still life subjects. She later developed a more abstract and expressive style, making gestural paintings of whirling dervishes and dancers.
Wedad works with soft pastels, charcoal, oil, acrylic, and gold leaves. Her work is heavily influenced by her university degree in Arabic literature, as many of her paintings are visual portrayals of written expression. Many times, her focus is on feminine subjects, relying on known as well as untold stories. Although she believes in planning and sketching, spontaneity is her guiding compass, leading her towards a simple yet bold and confident style.
Wedad Al-Bakr aims to increase the awareness and appreciation of art in our societies. As an artist native to the Arabian Peninsula, her wish is to share with others the charm of Arab heritage; its poetry, music, art, and simplest traditions. These are the things that define Arab identity. Every culture comes with its flaws, but there is always an underlying beauty that will be ignored if it is not emphasized through creative expression.
Recently, Wedad has been focusing on concepts of togetherness and cross cultural understanding. She believes that art can encourage communication, peace, and respect despite our differences.
“O mankind, We have created you male and female,
and appointed you races and tribes, that you may know one another.”