Ithraeyat: Simplicity in Colors

The latest edition of Ithra’s magazine takes a closer look at artist Abdullah Hammas. Here’s an excerpt of that interview.

Ithraeyat: Simplicity in Colors

Abdullah Hammas was born in the city of Abha and grew up moving with his family between the cities of the Kingdom. He studied at the Institute of Art Education and graduated as a teacher in 1973.


Hammas is considered one of the most prominent artists in the Arab world and one of the most important pioneers of the fine art movement in the Kingdom. He was one of the first Saudi artists to participate in local and international exhibitions.


I consider my whole life to be art.
— Abdullah Hammas


His journey with art began at a young age, with the support of his father, who provided with the basics of drawing, such as colors and notebooks.


Hammas was able to develop his skills remarkably as he presented his first work when he was only in middle school. He shared his love and passion for art with his students for 37 years, and had many leadership positions, including president of the Jeddah Culture and Arts Society twice, and was appointed as secretary-general of the House of Fine Artists, and was its former president. 


For the rest of the interview, visit this month’s Ithraeyat Magazine at


For a PDF of the latest and past editions of Ithraeyat, visit 


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