Unveiling Perceptions: Hashel Al Lamki's Foraminifera | Savoir Flair
Unveiling Perceptions: Hashel Al Lamki's Foraminifera
by Assele Kahwaji 3-minute read February 27, 2024

Emirati artist Hashel Al Lamki's Foraminifera captivates with color and texture.

Foraminifera is a captivating exploration of perception by the visionary artist Hashel Al Lamki, a finalist in the prestigious Richard Mille Art Prize 2023. Al Lamki's work delves into the material and cultural significance of pigments, offering a thought-provoking response to this year's theme of ‘Transparencies.’

Al Lamki uses water-paint to create a symphony of colors and textures, exploring how different surfaces interact with natural pigments. Through meticulous and delicate brushstrokes, it invites viewers to engage with it on multiple levels — whether it’s walking in between the hanging sheets, appreciating its opaque presence, or delving into the technical semantics embedded within. 


Emirati painter and multi-disciplinary artist, Al Lamki, unpacks the relationship between humankind and their habitat; the wild and constructed. Born in Al Ain, Al Lamki bore witness to the complex social and spatial dynamics that followed exponential development in the UAE. Al Ain’s Bedouin culture and archaeological sites formed a stark contrast to the rapid industrial and architectural growth in the neighboring Emirates and became a constant inspiration in his evolution as an artist.  

With each stroke of the brush, Al Lamki brings new meaning into age-old pigments, inviting viewers to embark on a journey of discovery and contemplation. Foraminifera serves as a bridge between generations of artistic encounters and brings new meaning to contemporary art and its relationship to history, culture, and perception.

Visit the captivating 'Transparencies' Art Prize exhibition at Louvre Abu Dhabi, open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 8:30pm until March 31st, 2024.

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