Ahmed Mater, Offscreen Project
As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Offscreen Project we were thrilled to announce the launch of Middle Eastern artist Ahmed Mater’s first UK solo show, on 11th October. We framed the works and also produced ultra thin lightboxes for the ‘Evolution of Man’ series which is currently on show at John Jones.
As an artist from and based in Saudi Arabia I have limited art resources. I import my paper from America, I produce work in Morocco, London, and across Europe as Saudi Arabia does not currently have the facilities to make my work of an international standard. Working with the renowned fine art manufacturers and framers, John Jones has been an amazing experience. Few Middle Eastern based artists, like me, have had the opportunities to exhibit their work to such an international standard and I have John Jones to thank for partnering with my exhibition in London. John Jones has shown me that investing in high quality production is crucial when presenting work at an international level. The finishing on an artists’ work is often the difference between it looking like a professional or amateur work of art and the finishing on my work, gave it the value and quality it deserved. I hope John Jones can expand out to the Middle East so that we can help artists from across the region improve their art production. Artist, Ahmed Mater
I have spent the past 7 years working with artists from the Middle East and so many of them have such exciting and fascinating ideas. One thing I have noticed is that there is a strong lack of high quality art production and finishing on their work because of the lack of facilities to them which make it very difficult for an international art world to consider them professional artists. Having worked with John Jones for the past two years, we have enabled the work of a number of these artists from the region to truly stand out above the rest. The contemporary Middle Eastern art world is rising very steeply at the moment, especially in the Gulf with the new museums opening up (Guggenheim, The Louvre), and there is a gap in the market for international quality framers and fine art manufacturers like John Jones. We hope to work closely with them and hopefully see them open a branch in the Middle East. Stephen Stapleton, Founder and Director of Edge of Arabia
All works by Ahmed Mater