Al-Haiqi’s 3rd Exhibition: Technique, Change and Environment [Archives:1997/43/Last Page]

October 27 1997

Sabri Abdulkareem Al-Haiqi is an aspiring Yemeni painter. With a B.A. degree in drama criticism from Kuwait University, Sabri, 36, is one of a new breed of Yemeni intellectuals who will help shape the future of this country. He also holds a high diploma in general management. He works in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and a member of the Modern Art Group in the National Arts Center.  Sabri Al-Haiki displayed his work in;  1. January, 1994 1st solo exhibition in Dammon Gallery, Sanaa; 2. March, 1996 2nd solo exhibition in Sana’a University; and 3. October, 1997 3rd solo exhibition in the Cultural Center, Sanaa.  He wrote drama and poetry collections, some of which were translated into Italian and French. He is a member of the consultative board of the “Culture” magazine. His third exhibition included 45 modern art paintings.  These paintings were inspired by the Yemeni environment, heritage, poetry and popular dress. They express the urban and rural Yemeni architecture.  
“It is a whole language for expressing myself. Every color has a psychological environment and different values. For example, white color bears the meaning of sadness – the shroud – as well as purity and happiness – the wedding dress. Yellow, on the other hand, means death – the withering of leaves,” said Sabri of his choice of color.  As far as his artistic style is concerned, Sabri explained, “I don’t draw in the realist style but I portray reality as a poetic picture which can have more than one meaning. At this stage, the art and its use come to transcend the actual historical meaning to the artistic meaning in more than one way.”  
Of Sabri’s, the Yemeni artist and critic Madhar Nizar said, “he is distinguished in his style and his work seems as if it comes from another. His technique and his letters are etched in our memory.”  Many of the colors used and lines are arranged in gradual earth like tones giving the observer the impression of surreal landscapes. Others are more futuristic in their approach showing representations of mans urbanization in Yemen.