An unassuming, talented artist shared his artistic expression of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, on his social media. What happened next is a thing of history books. This simple, monochrome painting took the country by storm and became a logo of how much the people of Qatar love their leadership.
If you’ve been out and about for the last few weeks, you’re no stranger to the scores of cars that sport the sticker, t-shirts that boast the painting and buildings that have massive displays of the portrait. You’ve also probably signed a Tamim Al-Majd mural by now.
If you head over to Art 29 at W Doha, you’ll find the artist’s creative works all over the exhibition. Ahmed Majed Al Maadheed’s paintings have the same minimalistic theme, but he integrates neons into some of his work, making them truly remarkable. Al Maadheed’s work covers a range of mediums including animation, advertisements, and others.
Hundreds of outdoor murals bearing the iconic portait of the Emir have sprung up around the country, representing a significant cultural form of expression. Qatar Museums has collected all these murals to create a crowd-sourced exhibition that will last a lifetime. So walk along the perimeter wall of the Corniche to witness this reflection of the wonderful diversity in the comments and messages of support from the people of Qatar.
Free entry. Exhibition at Art 29 runs till September 10. 10am-10pm. W Doha Hotel & Residences (4453 5000).