Hassan Sharif, (1951-2016) , EMIRIAN
GARDEN #1, c. 2007
Oil on canvas
100 by 70cm.; 39 3/8 by 27 1/2 in.
Sharif graduated from The Byam Shaw School of Art in 1984 and returned to the UAE shortly after. He set about staging interventions and the first exhibitions of contemporary art in Sharjah, as well as translating art historical texts and manifestos into Arabic so as to provoke a local audience to engage with - or at least reject - contemporary art discourse.
In addition to his own practice, he also encouraged and supported several generations of artists in the Emirates. Sharif was a founding member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society and the Art Atelier in the Youth Theatre and Arts in Dubai. In 2007, he was one of the four artists to establish The Flying House, a Dubai institution for promoting contemporary Emirati artists. More on Hassan Sharif
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