Whereas my paintings are visceral and highly personal, my sketchbook drawings are more detached and focus on everyday happenings, but with a twist.
I am an artist living and working in Kuwait. I was born in India in 1969. In 1992 I received a BA in Mass Communications from the American University in Cairo. But it was my six-week painting course at the School of Visual Arts that shaped my current painting style, which was also influenced early on by both classical painters: Cezanne, Matisse, Schiele, Modigliani and Klimt, and comic books: Mad Magazine, Archie and Asterix.
My body of work ranges from large-scale acrylic portraits to smaller, more intimate pen and ink drawings. My paintings are primarily figurative, exploring the wide spectrum of human emotion and familial complexities. Whereas my paintings are visceral and highly personal, my sketchbook drawings are more detached and focus on everyday happenings, but with a twist. It is in these surreal drawings that you can see the influence of writers such as Barry Yourgrau and children’s auth0r Shel Silverstein.
I have had numerous solo exhibitions in Kuwait. I have also participated in several group exhibitions locally and internationally, including the Arab Culture in Diaspora exhibition in Kuwait (2012), Femmes Artistes Du Koweit at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris in 2006, Approaches to Figurative Practices at the Third Line Gallery, Dubai in 2007 and 2010’s JAMM Contemporary Art Auction in Kuwait.
In 2009, I created my blog PrettyGreenBullet.com as a platform to display my work on a daily basis and narrow the gap between artist and art appreciator. It is my belief that ‘art’ should be more inclusive and can only be complete by the involvement [of those other than myself. As the blog took on a life of its own, a distinction between Ghadah the artist and Ghadah the blogger began to form. Since 2010, I have had three interactive prettygreenbullet exhibitions alongside my conventional ones.