Emarati artist Badr Abbas is holding an exhibition titled ‘Food for Thought’, a series of unique art focusing on the culture of food, at Hotel Indigo in Downtown Dubai. The exhibition will be held until January 10th 2021 as a part pf Power of Art, an extensive programme of culturally diverse art activations during Dubai Shopping Festival activities.
We are inheriting a culture of eating in the UAE that is bypassing our traditional recipes and laying on some serious calories that are often hard to lose. At the tap of a button, food is delivered to our doorstep within minutes thanks to the newest and most intuitive apps. No matter how late, or early, there is always a drive-through few hundred meters away. Even in flight, the menu options are deliciously varied, leaving us with no choice to skip the calories even when we are 30,000 feet above ground. Today, indulgence has become more accessible than ever before.
The series of works entitled ‘Food for Thought’ are in a Cubist style. In each one, Badr seeks to capture the phenomena of the new wave culture of eating out, with our Emirati traditions. It’s his personal take – a satirical representation of modern culture as food for thought.
Badr Abbas is a self-taught Emirati artist who has had his work exhibited in local and international venues. Badr Abbas’ love for art began as a boy while dabbling in artistic competitions. Recognition from friends and family and award won led this passion into a serious hobby. Today, a member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, Badr’s work display Emirati folk heritage and uses symbols from old Arab traditions and culture. He expresses himself with his unique interpretation of cubism.
Although Badr Abbas started as a realistic painter in classical style, however, Badr Abbas’ work has evolved to a unique and distinct style of art. He has exhibited across the UAE, in the UK, in Oman, in Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, including three editions of the Konooz Fine Art Auction and Exhibition in association with Bonham’s in London (2017-2019).