Al Ayobi’s women are enigmatic, glamorous and theatrical. With natural ease, Al
Ayobi captures iconic women from the Middle East on her canvas, be it Faten
Hamama, Umm Kulthoum, Soad Hosny or Fairuz.
larger-than-life images and her attention to the minutest details make for a
wonderful viewing experience. Take, for example, the pieces depicting the
legendry singer Fairuz or the Cinderella of Egyptian cinema - Soad Hosny in a
red beret. Both are indeed very refreshing. Al Ayobi’s brushstrokes are
dynamic, compositions impeccable and colors brilliant.
unique portraitures are instantly recognizable. Admirably rich in nuance and
details, Al Ayobi paints with captivating grace.
Ayobi displays remarkable versatility in her work as she works meticulously to
unfold the many cultural icons in her colorful renderings. Her paintings
proceed through a number of drafts – conceptualizing, texturing, glazing and
of her work is an emotional response to the myriad women who have contributed
immensely in varied fields. Lavishly textured, the women on Al Ayobi’s canvases
have a sensuous and languid quality. Her works are colorful in fiery hues and
yet they often surprise you with a dash of muted gold here and there.
are more expressive than men,” she admits candidly and then goes on to explain
her creative process.
Ayobi uses collage technique and mixed media to bring layered depth to her work
as well as spilled paints to bring out the texture of the skin. She uses oils
and acrylics and incorporates newsprint, and gold paint with thick and flat
brush strokes. “Collage lends a feminine touch when combined with intricate
orientations,” she explains.
Ayobi’s penchant for layering is quite evident. She juxtaposes handprints,
geometrical shapes like circles, triangles and squares. “The shapes help me add
more emotions to my works,” she adds. What is outstanding in Al Ayobi’s work is
the sense of balance between form, line and color.
of her most poignant paintings at the exhibition is “Untitled” in bright hues
of yellows and blues, depicting the bond between a mother and daughter.
multi-tasker, Al Ayobi says that she starts three or four of her works
simultaneously and keeps alternating between them. It can take her anywhere
between an hour to even a month to complete her work. “I could be inspired by a
verse of a poem or a song,” she says.
Ayobi considers herself lucky for being surrounded by people who encourage her
immensely and says her husband was decisive in the awakening of her artistic
follow my own independent creative path, and do not follow any traditional schools or artists,” she says.
“Art is all about carving your own niche with constant learning and evolution.”
Ayobi is a seasoned artist with many awards and accolades to her credit. She
has come a long way since her first foray in 2000 and continues to create quite
a flurry of interest amongst connoisseurs at art auctions.
Ayobi has widely exhibited in Syria and Kuwait and her work featured in private