The History of Omani Women in the Fine Arts Movement

By Fakhriya Al-Yahyai.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Theory and History

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Omani women have not been too far behind in the fine arts movement that first began in the mid 1970s in Oman. Women’s participation in fine arts was marginal and limited only to Muscat the capital. However, during the 1980s and 1990s, a number of prodigies appeared and became role models for the fine art movement in Oman. The first female participation at a fine art exhibition was at an exhibition held in October 1989. Since that time women’s participations were obvious.
The Omani Fine Art Society (OFAS) was established in 1993 and the presence of the female fine artists further intensified. The creation of this society encouraged women to practice fine arts. Today, the number of women registered at the OFAS outweighs the number of men, which makes the Omani women artists an appropriate case to be investigated. Therefore, this research focused on the history of the fine arts movement in Oman in general and the history of Omani women artists in particular, with reference to famous women and their artworks.
The result of this study shows that the Omani women involved themselves in modern and contemporary arts, using different artistic styles, as well as implementing installations, photographs and video arts by using mysterious stories, spiritualism, cultural traditions and motifs that define their identity and experiences through their artworks.

Keywords: Fine Arts Movement in Oman, Omani Women Artists

The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.1-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.723MB).

Dr. Fakhriya Al-Yahyai

Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, Art Education Department , college of Education, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman

Fakhriya Al-Yahyai is an assistant professor of drawing and painting at Sultan Qaboos University, with Ph.D in Fine Art-UK-2004, and a MA. in Art and Design Education-UK-1998. Fakhriya Al-Yahyai is a member of the International Museum of Women, San Francisco, USA, member of the Omani Society for Fine Arts, Oman, and a member of the Youth Art Studio, Oman. Fakhriya Al-Yahyai made several solo and joint art exhibitions nationally and internationally. She has published articles including: “The Artistic and Aesthetics Values of the Islamic Manuscripts in the Arabian and Persian schools”, “Professional Standards in the Contemporary Art Education”, “The Omani Heritage motives as an approach to teach the course of Modern Painting for the Students in Art Education Department at Sultan Qaboos University”, and “The Impact of The Appreciations standards of post-Modernism in the Art Production of Students in the Art Education Department in the Sultan Qaboos University in the course of Project in Contemporary and Modern Art”.