The exhibition was inaugurated by the General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara, HE Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti along with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Qatar, HE Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Aifan, and in the presence of a number of heads of diplomatic missions and artists. The "Oriental melody" exhibition is the first by Saudi artist Mulla outside KSA and comes as a kick-starter for his tour that will cover Arab region and Europe.
Following a tour at the exhibition, General Manager of Katara, HE. Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim al Sulaiti, said: "Through his paintings displayed at this exhibition, Saudi artist, Naiel Mulla artistically conveyed the oriental spirit of the Arabia Gulf. A true artist of his cultural environment. This exhibition offers a good opportunity for all interested in capturing genuine features and spirit of Saudi and Gulf art scenes." HE Katara Chief added: "The "Oriental Melody" is an added value to the series of art exhibitions by renowned Saudi, regional and international artists hosted by Katara".
For his part, HE Ambassador Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Aifan expressed gratitude for "Katara", adding that: "This cultural hub and platform that welcomes artists from the Gulf and beyond, celebrate their work through offering them exposure to multi-cultural audience deserves gratitude and appreciation for playing such a vital role".
Mulla has so far contributed in more than 50 collective exhibitions, competitions since 1982. The exhibition displays a wide range of distinctive paintings featuring the artists' heritage, cultural and Islamic roots.
Speaking on the occasion, the Saudi artist Naiel Mulla said: "I'm thrilled and grateful for my presence in the cultural village foundation- Katara. It is really a complete cultural village that is sought to bring various cultures together in one remarkable venue". Artist Mulla later gifted Katara Chief one of his paintings as a gesture of gratitude and appreciations for the Cultural Village Foundation.
The exhibition also displayed a vintage collection of paintings reflecting the history and the Saudi culture, specifically Mecca which is the birth place of the artist who studied art in Ireland and Spain and spent 4 decades so far painting to capture the oriental spirit of the region and its rich inspirations.