As Qatar continues to beat the ongoing Gulf crisis, a young artist’s brilliant work comes as a shining light to hold Qataris together.
‘Tamim Al Majd’ an image that has adorned the whole of Qatar is now the emblem of the country. The portrait was created by Ahmed Bin Majed Al-Maadheed to show his solidarity with Qatar and its leadership.
“I have no words to describe what I feel when I see my illustration everywhere,” says Ahmed al-Maadheed, who created his design hours after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar on June 5.
“It’s a gift from God to have the honour to draw his majesty’s portrait and have it become a symbol”, Maadheed told.
He posted an image of Emir after the Arab states imposed a blockade on Qatar, though he uploaded it on his personal social media accounts, the image caught the attention of people and spread like wild fire.
The image brought this talented artist into the limelight, who is now the toast of his nation. He recently handed over a portrait to the emir himself. He was offered $10 million for the original art.
His recent exhibition at an annex of Qatar’s art museum was a huge success as almost all his paintings were sold.
Most of his paintings are patriotic, which features the royal family and also Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who stood by Qatar during tough times.
“I draw inspiration from my culture, from nature … but also from well-known figures”, Madheed said.
The emblem of the emir has since been translated to English for the country’s sizeable expatriate community, who make up 80 percent of Qatar’s 2.5 million population, and stickers and banners in English are now visible across the Qatari capital.
“I’m thankful God gave me the chance to create this sort of work … which expresses my love for the Emir,” Maadheed said.