Gallery One is pleased to present a solo exhibition by the pioneer modernist artist Nicola Saig at the 12 edition of Art Dubai Modern from the 21st-24th of March 2018 at booth M15.
In the late nineteenth century Nicola Saig became known as an iconographer and painter, trained in the Greek Orthodox church following the Byzantine tradition of icon painting and the Jerusalem-style practices of his predecessors. At the turn of the century, Saig’s style transformed as he explored new materials and techniques, introducing secular genres - landscapes, portraits and still life paintings – innovative among local artists and greatly influencing his apprentices, soon emerging as a modern Palestinian artist.
With the fall of the Ottoman Empire and succession of the British Mandate, Jerusalem witnessed rapid changes in the social, cultural and economic life bringing an abundance of western practitioners that influenced the local craftsmanship. New modes of production and processes of visual expression were introduced; European oil paints and easel painting were made available and photographic practices disseminated across the region.
Many of Saig’s works were known to the community who regularly visited him in his spacious atelier on the ‘Street of the Iconographers’ near Bab al-Khakha just outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in the vicinity of Suq Aftimos. His studio served as a space for painting, teaching as well as making a living by exhibiting and selling works to Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land seeking to acquire religious souvenirs to bring back to their families.
Saig lived with his wife and three children in the Sa’adiyeh Quarter in the old city, neighboring artist Jiryes Jawharriyeh, and working closely with contemporaneous artists as Khalil Halaby. Saig left many of his works unsigned and never dated them. He didn’t live to witness the 1948 war, his family soon thereafter immigrated merely leaving traces behind to be gathered, leaving future generations with oral histories as testaments to his life and the quest to uncover works amongst the living.
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PRIVATE DAYS (by invitation only)
Monday, March 19, 2018: Art Dubai Modern Preview
Tuesday, March 20, 2018: Art Dubai Preview
Tuesday, March 20, 2018: Jumeirah Patrons Preview
Tuesday, March 20, 2018: The Abraaj Group Art Prize Unveiling
Wednesday, March 21, 2018: VIP Opening__PUBLIC DAYS
Wednesday, March 21, 2018: 1-4pm Ladies Day Preview (free entry for all ladies)
Thursday, March 22, 2018: 4-9:30pm
Friday, March 23, 2018: 2-9:30pm
Saturday, March 24, 2018: 12-6:30pm