Muscat: An Iranian artist, inspired by the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, exhibited some of her finest paintings of His Majesty at the official opening of Al Araimi Boulevard recently.
“When I moved to Oman two years ago, I fell in love with the beautiful landscape of the country and started to paint portraits of Muscat and Oman. As time passed by, I developed more interest in the country and started to read about His Majesty and went through the collection of his pictures from the people here,” said Mahnoush Abbasgholy, an Iranian artist based in Oman.
“During my stay, I noticed how much people in Oman respected and loved him, and how happy they were living in the country because of all that His Majesty has done for his people and the country. He indeed is an exceptional leader.”
“I can see him as a father-figure for the nation, who has taken care of his people and has made the country peaceful for everyone to live in. That inspired me to start painting his portraits,” Abbasgholy said while speaking exclusively to Times of Oman, when asked what inspired her to paint His Majesty’s portraits.
The artist used acrylic mixed media and chose gold and silver leaves for metallic texture to the paint along with additional media for a 3D effect.
“At times, I worked on these paintings for 48 hours with no sleep and rest in between. The collection this time includes 12 paintings of His Majesty and three of khanjar, it took me about two-and-a-half months to complete the collection,” Abbasgholy said.
Along with the new collection, the Iranian artist also exhibited some of the beautiful landscape portraits from her previous collection that she exhibited a month ago at the Royal Opera Galleria.