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Al Hitmi

Hessa

QATAR

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“To me, painting is to feel free, to feel expressive, and to get lost in colors and creative possibilities. It’s an outlet.”

Born and raised in Doha, Qatar, Hessa Al Hitmi has always had a strong passion for art. She enrolled in her first art drawing class when she was only 5 years old, and a new imaginative world opened up and became her reality. Growing up in Qatar, Hessa felt inspired by the animals, trees, and sea life around her. She pursued a creative path throughout her life and when she isn’t painting, you can find her creating films and digital content as well as graphic designing.

Named after Qatar’s national tree. The gold reflection on the tree leaves is a depiction of a brightly golden sunset. Playing around with pattern printing, the artist created a fun backdrop of gold and silver inspired by Qatar’s traditional “Sadu” pattern. Leaves falling from the tree’s branches awakens the feeling of rebirth and change.

Currently a full-time student, Hessa only practices art as a part-time hobby. Her love for art has taken precedence as a therapeutic coping mechanism with the disorder of life throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Painting has become an outlet for Hessa’s current emotional state and experiences. Even though it is only a part-time endeavour, it is something that plays a big role in her life and how she deals with stresses and uncertainties.

Strong Deer

Acrylic

This piece started off as an experiment with geometrical forms and turned into something very special. It features a lot of negative space allowing the viewer to focus only on the strong bronze deer. The artwork and the colors are carefully picked to awaken strength, power, and feelings of stability.

From a young age, this talented artist found comfort and consolation through her vivid brushstrokes on a canvas. Being an avid art history enthusiast and reader, Hessa was exposed to many different styles and artistic eras, that she loves to try out. Experimenting with different mediums, styles, and techniques has always been the most enjoyable part of the process for her. At first, a means of expressing her feelings and emotions, and now, an intensified activity that encapsulates much meaning and engages the viewer.

“I hope my works make my audience feel happy, just as much as they make me feel happy.”

Hessa mainly specializes in acrylic on canvas, applied with a palette knife, stencils, and brushes. Her work showcases a variety of experimentation that includes brushstroke techniques, color combinations, styles, and juxtaposition. When you look at her art, it is clear that Hessa does feel a stronger attraction to geometrical shapes, abstract art, and bold colors; inspired by Monet, Picasso, and Jackson Pollock.

Garnering inspiration from people around her and her own emotions, Hessa paints as she feels. She only puts paint on a canvas when she feels inspired to do so, or when she needs to express emotions that stir within her. As a result, her paintings are a raw depiction of what she is going through at the present moment – sometimes, rough, thick blotches of colorful paint make its way onto the canvas and other times, thin strokes of earthy colors appear in neatly placed geometrical forms.

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Driven by inspiration and intuition, the clever artist won’t start off with a clear idea of what the end product will look like. Rather, she picks colors, images, and techniques as the painting process continues. The painting will start to take form in a very natural and intuitive way - not planned, just carefully manufactured, and constructed – flowing out of Hessa’s mind.

A deconstructed landscape that features a bright blue sky, a monstrous mountain, and a tree in the foreground. The juxtaposition of the horizontal lines on the sky and the triangular geometrical shapes of the landscape creates a beautiful interactive experience. The use of color and lines creates an almost 3 Dimensional effect.

“Human characters and emotions share similarities, in one way or the other, to different animals and natural scenes. I like to capture these likenesses and pour human emotion into them.”

This was a fun experiment of a self portrait. On the one side is a robot-like portrait that portrays the artist’s intellectual and formal side. Compared to the other side that shows the quirky, fun, and creative side of the artist’s personality.

A golden thread that is pulled throughout Hessa’s artwork is bold color, vibrancy, and beautiful jumping emotion. An honest and true reflection of who the artist is - fun, vibrant, passionate, positive, and compassionate.

Prize Ribbon (1)

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This artwork was created with a palette knife to awake joy, happiness, and triumph. It is a true reflection of the artist’s state of mind at the time of painting. The bright yellow flower petals glisten in the sun. Thick brush strokes reinforce the feeling of abundance and joy.

Garnering inspiration from people around her and her own emotions, Hessa paints as she feels. She only puts paint on a canvas when she feels inspired to do so, or when she needs to express emotions that stir within her. As a result, her paintings are a raw depiction of what she is going through at the present moment – sometimes, rough, thick blotches of colorful paint make its way onto the canvas and other times, thin strokes of earthy colors appear in neatly placed geometrical forms.

The use of a palette knife and vibrant colors in this enchanted garden scene is executed perfectly. Thick layering of a simplistic color theme shows a sunset sky behind early spring trees. A successful composition that awakens enlightenment and joy.