Interior Design Art Collaboration with Saudah Saleem for AphroChic!

Hey guys,

December’s almost halfway done. Whattttt? I’m scrambling around the studio finishing up commissions and getting orders out from sold out art on my website (yay!). I’ve been meaning to share this cool project that I had the pleasure of participating in earlier this year, but had to wait for the green light.

Several months ago, U.S. interior designer Saudah Saleem contacted me to feature my “Hijab Figure Study” painting in one of her upcoming design projects. I love her work and design aesthetic, so naturally I said yes. The only thing is that it was a top secret project and I wasn’t allow to share it with you guys until recently! So here it is:

Her beautiful design of the perfect tween’s room is now featured on AphroChic.com!

 

 

I love the color palette and modern feel of this room. The light is perfect, and truthfully, there’s nothing kiddy about this girl’s room. It’s very chic! Can you spot my piece yet?

The room was designed with her daughters in mind, who share the space. The art, the mirrors, the dressing table, and look at those pillows! I shared a room with my little sister for many years so this room takes me back to those happy times.

The gallery wall is a mix of fun frames and shapes, witty and inspirational words, and abstract art from contemporary painters. It’s a great combination of beauty and function.

And there is my hijab figure painting in the gorgeous frame. I’m so happy for this room and the girls that get to inhabit it! It’s brimming with inspiration and personality.

Saudah explains here motivations for the space here:

“I used African-American silhouettes near the beds, vintage fashion and travel prints, inspirational quotes and lots of bright colors and pattern to incorporate a sense of who we are as a family as well as who they are as individuals.  The selections remind the girls of where we come from and the endless possibilities that exist with regard to where they can go in life if they work hard and pursue their passions,” Saleem explains.

The sky’s the limit!

Source: Saudah Saleem Interiors

Thanks UAE + 2 New Paintings!

Needed to take a moment and say thank you, UAE. More specifically, thank you Anna Seamen for your amazing interview and journalism. And thank you, The National for highlighting my “quest for color”!

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I was totally stoked for the last few days. I’ve been on cloud nine. I even started dancing with this crazy lady in my apartment. All because of this great news (literally).

A few months ago, Anna contacted me about covering me in the paper. She arrived at my Reem Island apartment and studio and we talked about some very deep ish y’all. Not just about my art, but about life, changes, and surviving the bleak landscapes of the desert. I was honest, thanks to her being so easy to talk to. It was actually quite fun.

Other than that, I’ve been dancing in the studio too. Check out my two latest pieces:

"Girls in Brooklyn" 30x40" canvas www.amirarahim.com
“Girls in Brooklyn”
30×40″ canvas
Inquiries: www.amirarahim.com/contact

 

"My Particular Infinite" 30x24" canvas www.amirarahim.com
“My Particular Infinite”
30×24″ canvas
Inquiries: www.amirarahim.com/contact

Back to painting, or zumba, haha!

“Grand Mosque in Color” : Inspiration and Process

This piece was really fun to create. Since I was child, I always loved to paint houses. And today, even as an abstract artist, I still enjoy doing architectural renderings from time to time. So, the majestic domes of classic Islamic architecture is no exception. I decided to paint the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque but in a colorful, abstract style, true to my own vision as an artist.

I used high-quality acrylic inks which dried much faster than watercolors and allowed me to apply multiple layers in a short amount of time.10325700_327392974081516_6262890612823878734_n

 

Since I’m a rather impatient painter, this is one technique that I love! I used the straw method, which involves blowing the inks at the bottom to push it into this cool, splattered effect, and achieved the energetic look I was going for.

To my delight, the original sold within minutes of me posting it online. But, I am happy to now offer fine art prints of this painting in my online shop, and in my Etsy store. I think it would make a great gift for Eid!

"Grand Mosque in Color" Ink on Paper Prints Now Available
“Grand Mosque in Color”
Ink on Paper
Prints Now Available

Pink Pagoda Feature!

So, I was recently featured on The Pink Pagoda blog and you should check it out. Pretty awesome!

Some of my favorite paintings are featured, including:

"Summer in Dubai" Mixed Media on A2 paper
“Summer in Dubai”
Mixed Media on A2 paper Available 

 

“Baby” Acrylic on 12×16 paper Available
“Souk No. 5” Acrylic on A2 paper Available

 

Thank you Jennifer for the great post. Please check out more design and art over at The Pink Pagoda.