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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia artist Laila Al-Jindan is not shy about using bold colors and an expressionist style in her paintings and collages as she attempts to interpret the country’s heritage and transformation. 

“At the same time, I always make sure to reflect Saudi traditions and culture in my paintings in a modern way. I believe that no matter how much we develop, there must always be a link to our culture,” Al-Jindan said.

In her first collection, Al-Jindan painted a series of Saudi Arabia women using a cubist style that was invented by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in the early 20th century.

Her work showcases the women dressed in traditional clothing from various parts of the Kingdom.

“I worked to highlight Saudi culture in the artworks in a modern twist that symbolizes the changes Saudi women are experiencing,” Al-Jindan added.

In her latest collection, she painted a series of pop art pieces with traditional clothing represented in geometrical shapes, inspired by millennials in Saudi Arabia. 

Al-Jindan said: “As I find them very inspiring in their unique way of thinking, passion for technology, ambition, and their desire to make an impact in society in general … in both collections, you will be able to see the boldness of colors and the clarity of lines and geometric shapes. 

“I found great acceptance for my art, as my paintings were acquired by a number of collectors in Saudi and Europe.” 

Al-Jindan said she is inspired by iconic American and European artists including Gustav Klimt, Alex Katz and Pedro Baricio. “Those artists were not afraid to leave legacies,” she said.

“I chose abstract art because the colors, shapes, and marks provide an innovative visual language that allows me to communicate emotions, ideas and experiences. It also gives the viewer the freedom to explore the artwork and assign their own meaning to it.”

Al-Jindan has worked on a collage project that depicts Saudi Arabian women surrounded by sand dunes and vibrant planets. She uses acrylic and oil colors, along with gold leaf “as it gives the canvas tone and texture, providing it with rich dimension and depth.” 

She said: “What attracts me most to an artwork are the colors, their boldness, and the harmony between them. Usually, I do not like dull work. I feel that they lack life, as I believe that the colors in the artwork largely reflect the artist’s personality, their boldness, and the message they seek to convey.”

“Colors, by their nature, affect the psychology and emotions of people who see them. That’s why I like to use cheerful or bright colors in most of my work to leave a certain impact.” 

Al-Jindan works as a regional leader in technology for a multinational company, but her passion is for art.

“Artistic and creative nature have always been a part of who I am … later in my career, I have reawakened my love for art, and I decided to rekindle that creative flame that had been smoldering for years.” 

“From a young age, I was passionate about art, expressing myself through drawings. However, as life led me down different paths — studying computer science as a bachelor’s degree, followed by a master’s degree in business administration — my artistic pursuit took a backseat.”

“It is never too late to go after your dreams. I have always dreamed of art being a major component of my life.”

Al-Jindan started studying for her diploma in interior design at Sheffield University. She then earned a diploma in the basics of painting and drawing from Monash University.

“I consider art as a way of life, a continuous learning process, and a source of boundless inspiration. My belief is that art and creativity have the power to enrich our lives and touch the hearts of others. My reward comes from knowing that my art can contribute to a room, office, or home that is special to that person and make them feel comfortable, cozy and inspired. 

“Through my art, I would like to inspire everyone to seek the most of who they are by not fearing to evolve to become more than what we were yesterday.” 

Al-Jindan has participated in exhibitions abroad including in Belgium, the UK, Russia, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia.

“My participation outside the Kingdom for example inspired me to be an ambassador for my country through my artistic works and personality and to contribute to the advancement and dissemination of Saudi art and culture locally and globally.”

She said that art has the power to change the way people see the world, which allows new perspectives, ideas and values. 

“It can take us back in time to reflect on our past or push us further into our future. Art can bring awareness to social issues and foster a sense of acceptance, bringing people together regardless of their backgrounds.”

“I love to create artwork that speaks to the heart and soul of the viewer and sparks their imagination with my own imagination. I strive to create meaningful pieces that are visually appealing, convey a message, and are thought-provoking.”

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