Story of silk painting depicting the founder, King Salman and the Crown Prince

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Two paintings by the artist Nabila Abu al-Jadayel depicting the founding king Abdul Aziz al-Saud with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began trending on social media sites.

About these two paintings and others, the artist al-Jadayel said to Al Arabiya.net: “I made the painting on silk, entitled Vision 2030 and representing the three generations. Prince Mohammed bin Salman is similar to his grandfather in terms of deeds and optimism as we can see from his facial expressions. It’s like he is explaining to the founder King his vision. The painting resurfaced again and people started sharing ever since Prince Mohammed bin Salman became the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. They considered it as an outlook to the future.”

Also, the second painting was on the occasion of the National Day. The artist named it “The Alliance of Glory”.

“I painted it a year ago and it gained popularity before the National Day last year. It resurfaced now because it simulates the present, and so people thought it was a new production.”

Mixing the two worlds

Nabila said: “The idea of doing these paintings came to me during my studies at Harvard University. I learnt movie direction and I was thinking about a way to improve Saudi art. As a painter myself, I thought of mixing the two worlds, the world of drawing and film and using the film world in terms of creativity in creating scenes.”

“I did not just paint the characters as traditional portraits. I wanted to excel by drawing new three-dimensional paintings and giving them depth in order to look realistic in their different dimensions to attract the attention of our generation and become relevant to our present time,” she continued.

Abu al-Jadayel confirmed that she specialized in drawing murals on the silk for kings and governors, which embodies and documents the history of Saudi Arabia.

“My paintings reflect what I feel as a Saudi citizen and my duty to my country to live up to its art history. Of course, the original pictures are old and black and white. Sometimes they are technically difficult to draw, so I have to visualize them and show them with the best possible outcome.”

Jadayel pointed out that drifting behind traditional art is easy, pointing out that she is proud of her work, which documents history and promotes patriotism, saying: “I studied art at Northeastern University and Harvard University in Boston,” adding that “I wanted to devote my education and talent to serve my country and invite people to take interest in Saudi art.”