Khalil Al Hashimi
The Bahraini sculptor, educated in the former Soviet Union, is one of the Arab world’s most prolific sculptors, working on bronze and stone, deeply influenced by the culture of the Ancient Near East, working often on human figures and animals, combining the reverence towards pre-historic art with contemporary shapes and smooth, almost minimal, modernist surfaces.
His sculptures are defined by elegance and restraint that honors Russian academics infused with contemporary ideas and aesthetic impact. His work is inspired by reflective thoughts bearing traces of his territory and heritage in wood, marble and metal. His recent works are cast in bronze and are deceivingly modest. These sculptures are anything but “metal” and the iridescence of the surface create a unique voice within that shouts resilience, regal and celebratory.