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RIYADH: The artist mainly focuses on the aesthetic aspect of life, leaving material concerns behind, leaving many artists struggling to understand the economic world, causing confusion over the price of their paintings and profiting from their talents.
This is one of the reasons why artist Meshal Al-Hujaili was inspired to start a community speaking project called “Thalothya” to support artists by educating them on several aspects of their career.
Thalothya has emerged as an artistic community concerned with spreading artistic culture, improving the creative side of artists and exchanging experiences.
Their goal is to create a healthy artistic environment in which practitioners find support and expertise to develop their art. Sessions are held once a month in Medina.
The group also hosts monthly dialogue sessions, regular presentations on artists’ latest work, online interviews with an eclectic range of influential artists, and discussions about each artist’s journey and impact on their craft.
“Thalothya started informally between me and my artist friends, and I decided to organize a meeting to discuss art. Then, I was surprised that the subject started to spread among artists and that a large number wanted to take courses. The news spread through the city. We started with 15 people and the last session brought together 60 artists,” Al-Hujaili told Arab News.
Al-Hujaili said that due to the crowds of people who wanted to attend the event, the sessions were moved from a cafe to art galleries in Medina, where there are halls that can accommodate 200 people. during the session.
“A lot of people want to join the chatting circles, that’s why I refuse requests from many cafes and places that want to host us because I know the place won’t host us,” Al-Hujaili said, adding, ” Thalothya created an artistic revolution in Medina.
He said, “The topics we talk about are not purely artistic, so we talk about the legal aspect of art, and 90% of artists don’t know how to legally keep their works or put a price on their works. We help them dialogue and talk in a safe space and welcome different topics each time.
“For example, we have already touched on the subject of “art block” during our research, and we have found a completely different definition from what we thought, and we present a new aspect which focuses on the theme of marketing and the problems that the artist goes through, why an artist suddenly appears and becomes famous, then he is isolated and disappears.
Al-Hujaili’s paintings are distinguished by geometric formations. He began his journey in the art world at an early age by drawing graffiti before taking another direction.
“I started my graffiti from elementary to high school, and I drew graffiti, then the art took on a new curve. For six years I only drew straight lines and worked on drawing geometric shapes, and the result was special, because I was unique in my art, in which I put my fingerprint. I was asked to paint a mural at the Arab Open University in Madinah,” he said.
The dialogues were not limited to male performers, with women making up a large part of the discussion.
Basma Al-Bloshi, a portrait artist, said: “What sets Thalothya apart is that she cares about aspects of the artist, both psychologically and practically, and we discuss things that develop the artist. .
She continued, “The idea of Thalothya is to educate the artist on other aspects of art. One of our goals is to spread Thakothya throughout the Kingdom.