President’s prize winner is leader in abstract art:Art is window of soul [Archives:2003/687/Culture]

November 20 2003
Statue of renowned poet, late Al-Baradoni, a marvel piece that gave Waleed international recognition
Statue of renowned poet, late Al-Baradoni, a marvel piece that gave Waleed international recognition
Abdo Moqbil Al-Sabiri
Waleed Saeed Mohammed Dallah, a pioneering Yemeni artist, was born in Taiz in 1973. He is married and has three children.
He worked as teacher at the Teachers' Higher Institute, Technical Education Department.
As an artist, he established a relationship with the city he was born in. His connection with the city is strong and clearly depicted in his paintings.
Since his early childhood, he has been fond of practicing art as a way of self-discovery, through perseverant research and study. He is one of formative art founders in Yemen.
He has won many medals and certificates of merits. The last prize was the President's Prize.
He is highly esteemed by most artists due to his great work and portraits, unique experiences in abstract art. He is featured by sharp-witted intuition.
He studied Arabic studies at Taiz University and found himself preoccupied in such kind of art.
Lovers of his portraits are astonished when seeing them. They show direct orientation to the noisy streets of concrete jungles. They are mirrors reflecting calmly the authentic reality which he has become familiar with.
You will get surprised to perceive such intimacy, which has grown naturally between the nature of place and its images.
That is Dallah, the President's Prize winner in the formative art for the year 2002.
When asked about receiving the President's Prize, he said, “Surely, it is not due to overconfidence. But, I have been entrusted with so many artistic works, and soI have been fully prepared for the President's Prize. I do have an intention to participate in 2001.”
Dallah has spared no efforts to accomplish something new, particularly in abstract art. He felt that there was a short period and therefore he was not satisfied of what he had accomplished.
As a winner for the President's Prize, he said he felt confirmation to his high-spirited enthusiasm and a possession for a unique and great success. “This has become evidently clear to me, when tens of my friends congratulated me. It is unforgettable moments of ecstasy after a long wait,” Mr. Waleed remarked.
As a resident in Taiz especially its old and ancient houses and lanes, his copious portraits show fertile and breathtaking environments. “This has left a special effect on me which has increased day after day,” he noted.
Dallah has sharp-witted senses and mental acuity. He could penetrate into things and think of them deeply, particularly colors, where others can't. Such traits are differentiated the common man from the true artist.
“Enjoying and looking deeply into colors and their transparencies as well as penetrating into the beauty of forms and colorful movements is the only thing for getting and ensuring the soul. Keeping in contact with your profession is by itself a feeling of a unique stable enjoyment,” he said.
When Mr. Waleed asked about whether abstract art is an integral part of an artist or not, he said: “Undoubtedly, they are integral part of each other. Delicate and sensitive feelings are needed in both cases.”
Probably there is not any easy comparison between this literary form to other forms of art such as poetry and short story. However, many people have started to understand the nature of the formative art, which is a good omen of times to come.
New artists are showing profound interest in abstracts. Now we witness more exhibitions organized in schools, universities and cultural centers. There is a criticism movement in the media.
If new artists go on, there will be a day when people understand the meaning of abstract art and how important it is for the society. Dallah is a good example of a distinguished artist who deserves more than what has been granted.