“Art plays a big role in giving us enough space for our imagination and this helps me as a person a lot to shut off all negativity in the world and just to keep the positivity alive"
The Feather's Goose (2020) by Sumayyah Al Suwaidi
Multi-award-winning, Abu Dhabi-based Emirati digital artist Sumayyah Al Suwaidi discovered digital art in 1996 and a few years later in 2001, she unveiled her very first collection, noting inspiration from the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Her inaugural exhibition took place in 2003 at Abu Dhabi-based Beach Rotana Hotel, where she showcased her works alongside a number of prominent artists. Sumayyah was introduced to design software programs in 1996 at the age of 16 and by 18, she launched her own website and began designing for clients.
Flaming Spider (2020) by Sumayyah Al Suwaidi
She sold her first collection, featuring six digital artworks by 2001. Since then, the artist has exhibited her work in a range of galleries all over the world including the UAE, London, USA, China, France, Germany, Switzerland, Morocco and Kuwait.
The Deer (2020) by Sumayyah Al Suwaidi
Her work was auctioned by Christie’s in 2012 as part of the Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art Part II and exhibited at Sotheby’s galleries in London as part of the Three Generations’ exhibition in 2013.
Her main inspirations, as she notes, are “My daily life, it inspires me to create and let loose of all that I took in and inhaled during the day. I see my paintings as a way to exhale everything as a personal diary where I write down my feelings and thoughts.” Created during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, her series The Fruitful Truth (2020) depicts a surreal world, a place more peaceful than our universe.
The Fruitful Truth (2020) by Sumayyah Al Suwaidi
“I love to imagine a different world a more peaceful and harmonic universe where all creatures love one another and live in a beautiful and poetic symphony that can be played forever for the greater good,” she expresses.
“This collection is very dear to my heart as I started working on it by the end of 2019 and still continue to produce more especially during this Covid-19 pandemic as it’s a form to release all the tension and stress that not only myself, but I believe every person on this planet is going through.” The featured works in this series showcase the artist’s beautiful transformation from creating gothic-style works to ethereal, metaphoric pieces.
Sumayyah Al Suwaidi
Through her work, Sumayyah hopes to spread the message that the beauty of the world is in the eye of the beholder and we have the power to shift our internal perspectives of life. The dreamlike works transport the viewer into an otherworldly space where the possibilities are limitless.
Chick's Duck (2020) by Sumayyah Al Suwaidi
“We have so many ways to release what is in us, good or bad, positive or negative,” she shares. “We can create art or we can create a world where we go to whenever we are in need and it doesn't necessarily have to be beautiful in others eyes but they have to be comfortable for us to remain in it happy and content.
Art plays a big role in giving us enough space for our imagination and this helps me as a person a lot to shut off all negativity in the world and just keep the positivity alive." Images courtesy of the artist. You can find Sumayyah Al Suwaidi here: @sumayyahalsuwaidi