Sanaa Merchant is a visual artist known for traditional Arabian themes with a modern perspective. Her first solo latest exhibition titled 'Unspoken' is currently running at the Z Gallery in Four Points by Sheraton.
Merchant's work ranges from ornamental works to modernism in abstract and calligraphic forms. Her signature use of bold and vibrant colors coupled with dimensional forms adds to the thought-provoking nature of her artwork. Her paintings also capture an extra bit of detail because of her inclination towards intense pen and ink compositions.
“Having been born in UAE, my surroundings inspire me". says Merchant. "The rich Islamic heritage, long-standing Arab customs, the history of the country and the wealth of artifacts are reflected in abstract architectural forms, minarets, jewelry, khanjars, coins and other ornaments” she adds.
Merchant has become well renowned for adding modern elements in traditional themes. Her former medium sized watercolor paintings have evolved into large oil and acrylic paintings on canvas.
“The contemporary results of my work often breaks the rules of conventional outlook. My style is contemporary and enriched with layered colors.” says Sanaa Merchant.
The exhibition runs at Z gallery until 30th June 2018.