Zayn Qahtani

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b.1997

Zayn Qahtani (b.1997) is a painter, drawer and sculptor based between Bahrain and London. Her work is a dance between what is seen and what is felt, compiling a personal mythology along the way. Drawing on ancient cultures and nature’s diverse ecosystems, Zayn forms visual stories which seem to exist in the twilight zone – too distorted to be real, too familiar to be a dream.

 

Her figures seem to be suspended in a space of no-time, navigating a world which harkens to the post-human society of today. In this altered state, a sense of safety is offered, allowing the creatures within the walls of her works to explore life’s more tender, nostalgic, and often painful feelings. Working on recycled materials, and hand making her own paints and tools from plants and minerals, Zayn allows the works to take on a life of their own, truly vibrating with the energy of the land itself.

Zayn is represented by HUNNA / هُنَّ Art Gallery.

Selected Exhibitions

2022 I Felt That (curated by Josephine May Bailey), The Tub, London, UK

 

2022 Summer Auction, Art On A Postcard, The Other Art Fair, London, UK

 

2022 Ostara, Purslane Art, London, UK

 

2022 Serendipity, MIA Art Collection, Dubai, UAE

 

2022 Charta, Fortnight Institute, New York City, USA

 

2022 Chorus, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

 

2021 She Curates x CloverMill Open Call Exhibition, Wilder Gallery, London, UK

2021 From the form of spirit to the spirit of form, ATHR Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

2021 Honestly Speaking, Jewellery Arabia 2021, Bahrain

2021 BAWA/MONO 07, 08. 09, Gallery BAWA, Kuwait

2021 FRC10, Flat Rate Contemporary, USA 

2020 Safer Spaces, The Art Space, Bahrain

Press + Publications

HUNNA / هُنَّ, March 2022, 'Zayn Qahtani', critical essay by Madeleine Pollard

 

She Curates, December 2021, 'Open Call', interviewed artist, by Mollie E Barnes

 

Flat Rate Contemporary, October 2021, 'Contemporary Landscapes of FRC10', essay by Rachel Hausmann Schall

 

Postscript Magazine, ‘Hiatus’ Issue 39, August 2021, featured artist

Vogue Arabia, GCC Issue, February 2021, ‘Set in Stone’

Bahrain This Month, August 2020, ‘Pictures Worth A Thousand Words’

Jdeed Magazine, July 2020, ‘Art Space Bahrain Hosts Safer Spaces’

Jdeed Magazine, September 2019, ‘Beauty Standards No More’

Gulf Daily News, July 2018, ‘Lucid Dreams on Canvas’

Red Bull, August 2017, ‘The Journey Behind Words Still Blind’

Awards & Residencies

2021 YSA ‘21 Selected Artist + Honorary Grant, ATHR Gallery, Saudi Arabia