Arab Artist of the Month: Abdulhalim Radwi

Still life painting with Sand

‘Still Life with Fish’ by Abdulhalim Radwi, Oil and sand on masonite, 33 x 46cm, 1975
Photo from Barjeel Art Foundation
Abdulhalim Radwi’s painting ‘Still Life with Fish’ is featured at the Barjeel Art Foundation

Saudi Artist Abdulhalim Radwi.
Photo from Alyaum.

Abdulhalim Radwi (1939 – 2006) is a Saudi Arabian artist who was a pioneer and a co-founder of the Fine Arts scene in Saudi Arabia, and was one of the most prominent contemporary artists of the Arab World.

He was the first to have a solo art exhibition in the Kingdom’s history, in Jeddah in 1965.

Radwi had varying styles in his work which included cubism, abstraction, expressionism and surrealism. His works include sculptures, collages, paintings and wall art.

Learn more about Abdulhalim Radwi.

For this project, we will be looking at Radwi’s painting ‘Still Life with Fish’ (above). He used oil paint colours and sand to create this painting, on a thin wooden board (masonite).

What are the objects you see in his painting?

What are the colours that the artist used?

You will recreate this still life painting by using acrylic paints with the acrylic sand texture gel on a canvas, and therefore will have a similar output like Abdulhalim’s painting.

Feel free to create your own geometric patterns in the two fish on the plate.

You are required to experiment with the different tones of blue (monochrome) in your painting.

My own recreation of Abdulhalim Radwi’s “Still Life with Fish”

There will be a free live webinar via zoom on how to create this project on Tuesday, 22nd September 2020, at 5pm UAE time. Click here to be directed to the class.

Materials you will use from this box:

  • Canvas 25x35cm
  • Acrylic paint: White, primary blue, dark blue, yellow, red, dark green, black.
  • Acrylic Sand Texture Gel
  • Plastic Palette Knife
  • Reusable clear acrylic palette
  • Two paint brushes

You will need to bring your own:

  • Table cover (for protection)
  • Cup of water
  • Paper towel


Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah features an extensive collection of modern Arab art. We encourage you to visit the foundation to see the featured artist’s work up close and personal!

Click here to find out more about Barjeel Art Foundation.

Published by Farah Nasrawi

A multi-hyphenate designer, an artist, a teacher