The Comparative Journey, The Watermelon Series

The Comparative Journey, The Watermelon Series Installation view at Abdullah Al Saadi: Al-Toubay, Sharjah Art Foundation 2014
photo: Alfredo Rubio
Courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation


Nagoya City Art Museum 1F

Abdullah AL SAADI

Born 1967 in Khorfakkan, UAE
Based in Khorfakkan, UAE

He is a 1993 graduate of the United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, and holds a BA degree in English Literature. From 1994 to 1996 he studied Japanese painting at Kyoto Seika University in Japan. Abdullah Al Saadi’s work ranges from painting, drawing, the creation of lengthy artist’s notebooks, to the collection and systemic categorization of found objects and the invention of new alphabets. A great affinity with nature and rural life informs his practice, which explores the changing environment as well as personal and cultural history. Al Saadi has exhibited internationally and regionally including Sharjah Biennial (2003, 2011, 2015); The Pavilion of the United Arab Emirates at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011).