August 6 “Malak Mattar: The Artist and Her Work”

Gallery Al-Quds invites you to an extraordinary afternoon

“Malak Mattar: The Artist and Her Work


©Malak Mattar

 

In a rare personal appearance in the United States, the world-renowned young Palestinian artist Malak Mattar, will speak at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds and exhibit original artwork.

Malak Mattar, age 19, is an artist of startling originality from the Gaza Strip who paints powerfully expressionist faces, figures, and semi abstract designs. She first started painting at age 13, during the 51-day Israeli military assault on Gaza in 2014. Forced to stay inside for her own safety, she felt a compelling need to release all her negative energy–fear, anxiety and sheer terror. She started painting with art supplies from her school, basic watercolor on paper. This opened a world of self-expression for her. Mattar produced over 300 paintings.

Unable to leave Gaza due to restrictions of the Israeli occupation, Mattar showed her paintings to the world via social media, on Instagram and Facebook. On her fourteenth birthday, she began offering her originals for sale to buyers around the world. Within two years, she became financially independent. Mattar’s artwork quickly began to garner interest from galleries beyond Palestine; her artwork has been featured in more than 40 individual and group exhibitions in Jerusalem, France, Spain, Costa Rica, India, England, 11 states in the USA and the Art Under Siege exhibit held in Rayburn House Office Building, US House of Representatives, DC.

While developing her artistic talent, Malak Mattar has also excelled academically, achieving the highest grade-point average in the Gaza strip in 2017, her senior year of high school, and the second highest grade average in all Palestine that same year amongst thousands of students in West Bank and Gaza Strip. Malak Mattar paints in acrylic and oil on canvas and is currently living in Istanbul where she studies at Istanbul Aydin University.

 

Malak’s visit to the US and appearances are sponsored by the Palestine Museum US.

Reception to meet the artist, Tuesday August 6, 5:00—7:00 p.m.

RSVP: 202-338-1958 or dpainter@thejerusalemfund.org