Born with an exceptional talent and passion for arts, Amal Mulhem is one of the Arab artists today to have proven herself through time.
Her love for arts, specifically for drawing, paintings and portraits - with pencil and paper as her first art tools - manifested as early at the age of three. Since then, her passion for arts never left her.
“After I began to add colors to my paintings, I felt that I missed a piece of my heart by shying away from pencil. So I went back to the black pencil and then added colors to give a new dimension,” the artist said.
Amal Mulhem is a Syrian artist born in Damascus in 1953. She graduated from Adham Ismail Center of Visual Arts in Damascus in 1969, then from Sorbonne in Paris in 1978.
Eager to prove herself more in the field of Arts, in 1986, she graduated as an Interior Designer from the Fine Arts Faculty at Damascus University and then studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Montreal, Canada in 1997 to 1998.
After that, she found herself torn between two places: UAE and Canada, where she worked wholeheartedly.
She then carved out a niche for herself, giving a special touch to all her characters.
“Portraits have always been my comfort zone since I can convey a touch of sadness or happiness on any face, no matter what,” she explained.
Mulhem’s style of painting deepened from an accumulation of experience which made her artworks unique and alive with wild imagination.
“Whenever I decide to paint something, the outcome would always be something different,” said Mulhem.
Once, as Mulhem recalls it, a British woman came to an exclusive exhibition of her paintings. The woman, finding herself mesmerized by Mulhem’s work, came up with some unusual requests.
“Can I touch you,” the British woman asked. “Can I call my children to see you? This is an extraordinary moment,” recalled the overwhelmed Syrian artist.
Amal Mulhem is proof that if passion lives within, it will take you to places and to moments that you will never forget.
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