Middle Eastern art is known for its uniqueness and originality which can not be replicated anywhere else. Its uniqueness lies in the importance of artistic technique and skill as well as its idealistic rather than naturalistic human images. In order to comprehend the importance of Middle Eastern art, it is important to look back at the origins.
During the 1900s, Middle Eastern artists searched for a new cultural identity. Ideologies differed from artists such as Dia Al-Azzawi focusing on Arab Modernism to influential artist Mahmmoud Said who valued traditionalism and said, “Ok I don’t want to paint a woman who looks European, I want to paint a picture that looks like my mother or my sister, I want to paint a picture that looks like my mother or my sister, I want to paint the street outside my window”. Artworks that formed the fundamentals of Middle Eastern art are now treasured by many.
Creative expression in the Middle East is underpinned by years of human history and artists all from various backgrounds. Many of these grew up with nothing but pure talent and have passed their skills down to inspire generations and the practice of these arts is a manifestation of their skills and heritage. Artistic contributions made by the Middle East range from architecture to calligraphy to paintings which are all distinctive yet elegant in their own respect.
Occupying the status of a talented painter or artist not only takes years, but also requires an environment of social and economic stability which allows for creative expression. If it weren’t for the gifted artists from different parts of the Middle East who do nothing but create inspiration and brilliance, art wouldn’t have flourished as much as it has now. The captivating stories of Middle Eastern art are endless.