Al Saeed artworks are replete with traces from primal forms and oscillating movements. With a number of techniques overlapping between oils, watercolors and found materials, Al Saeed evolved from his earlier colorful abstracts on canvas into cleaner color fields in earth tones that blur the distinction between paint and material, leaving behind the pictorial space.
At the edge of contemporaneity, the artist’s treatment of images acquires a cinematic quality in which raw materials from the industrial era and primal abstract forms overlap at ease. Yet his practice is rooted in a 50-year-old tradition of abstract painting in Bahrain, from which he nurtured. Zuhair Al Saeed’s paintings offer a fresh glimmer of spiritual light in a world beset by darkness, but yet enjoyable, exciting and ultimately human: “We have to learn how to stay positive, because life is all about hope, and those who lose hope in life, will be forever incomplete in life.” With this exhibition, Al Saeed is consolidating himself as one of Bahrain’s most exciting young painters.