Doha: Artist Muntaha Jameel Slat, a resident of Qatar, secured first place at the London International Art Forum, and won the International Arab Group Prize and the title of the best Arab artist in the world for the year 2020, in the category of realist art.
The closing ceremony of the Best Arab Creators Competition was held at the amphitheater of the British Royal Commission for Medicine in the famous Mayfair district in central London.
The artist expressed her happiness with the victory of her realist artwork, titled ‘Min Hena Marra Al Hanin’ (From here over nostalgia), which features one of the old Aleppo’s neighborhoods.
She made her artwork using oil paint, where the earthy colours, the colours of the stones and the old building are the predominant, to evoke through it the nostalgia through the formations and vocabulary of the rich environment that is characteristic of the popular neighborhood in the old Aleppo, with the connection with the environment and the privacy of the place and the dream of returning to it.
The artist expressed her pleasure in obtaining the title best Arab artist in the world for the year 2020. She noted that the London International Fine Art Forum is a unique demonstration of artworks that opens up to artistic experiences and the exchange of cultures, and also brings together a group of the most important contemporary innovative artists from all over the world.
Slat said that the event provided opportunity to get acquainted with distinguished artists whose works influenced the Arab and international art scene.
Slat indicated that the London International Forum for Arts contributes to shedding light on the participating artists by attracting international media.
She said that the participation of a group of artists, experts and international critics to evaluate artworks made the forum special.
Slat, who is based in Qatar, has participated in the Qatar Fine Arts Festival which was held with the participation of more than 200 artists from 60 countries including Qatar.
She also took part in many international group and solo exhibitions in many Arab countries.