Arab Artist of the Month: Abdul Qader Al Rais

Paper Collage & Watercolor Painting

‘Untitled’ by Abdul Qader Al Rais, Watercolor on Paper, 76 x 58 cm, 2002
Photo from Barjeel Art Foundation
Abdul Qader Al Rais’s painting ‘Untitled’ is featured at the Barjeel Art Foundation

Artist Abdul Qader Al Rais
Photo from Vogue Arabia

Artist Abdul Qader Al Rais was born in Dubai, in 1951. He is the first professional artist in the history of visual arts in the Emirates.

He is also a founding member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, and a member of the Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates.

In his early years, Al Rais focused on landscapes and portraits in oil color. Then he moved on to abstraction and calligraphy using watercolor. After that, his work with calligraphy was revived with a touch of modernity while preserving the old heritage elements, geometry, shipbuilding and portraiture.

Abdul Qader Al Rais is known for using floating squares/diamonds in his artwork as a signature feature.

In this project, you will create a paper collage and put your organizational skills to test. Your artwork will be inspired by artist Abdul Qader Al Rais’s painting.

What do you see in his painting? How many openings/doors can you count?

This painting has layers of watercolor paper and a colored paper (in dark brown).

Materials you will use from your Art Kit:

  • 2 no. A4 size Watercolor paper with outline print
  • A4 size Dark brown paper with outline print Watercolor paint set
  • 2 no. Round tip paint brushes
  • A4 size colored print of Abdul Qader Al Rais’s artwork
  • Scissors
  • UHU Twist & Glue

You will need to bring your own:

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


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