Hameed Khazaal

October 12 – 30, 2015


Hameed Ismaeel Khazaal was born in January 1951 at Al Sawaber, a place in the Shark district of Old Kuwait town.

At the intermediate school he discovered art, which became his lasting passion. Incidentally his introduction to art did not come from his art teacher, but rather from his Arabic teacher.

Hameed’s first attempt in drawing was by imitating his teacher using his same means and method. From that early beginning art became his passion and the career of a lifetime to which he gave all of himself, first as an art teacher in which he graduated in 1970, then as an accomplished artist and art critic. He began his career teaching at the elementary school for boys in Sabahya. After five years of teaching he felt he had to expand his art education. In 1975 he left for Cairo, attended the College of Fine Art and in 1981 he graduated with Bachelor degree in painting. At the College his instructors were the most renowned Egyptian painters of the day, among them were Hameed Nada, Kamal Al Sarraj, Mohammed Ryath, Ahmed Nabeel and others.

At his return home Hameed taught at the secondary school for boys in Sabahya, after which he was appointed Director of the artistic activities at the educational department of Hawalli. During that time, for the period of six years, he was also working at the daily newspaper “Ray Al am” as an art critic. After which he continued on the same line of writing at the daily newspaper “Al Anbaa”, while contributing with articles on art at various Arabic magazines. With Dr. Adel Al Mosri, Hameed took part in writing a book on the Art movement in the region, sponsored by the UNESCO. From 1982 Hameed Khazaal has been a member of the Kuwait Plastic Arts Society Board. Chosen as its secretary in 1983, he held the position till 1999. His other memberships are at the Kuwait Journalists society, at the World Journalists organization, at the IAA Paris and at the Cultural Committee of the GCC States.
At the time Hameed was studying in Egypt he adopted the pointillism technique of painting from which he deviates in 1981 with the painting “The Journey”. It was his first flight to freedom from all academic concepts, and as his mental horizon widens and expands the experience is exhilarating, in spite his mind is still being captive, reluctant to break away. “The Journey” is an epitome of the struggle of mind over matter, in which the human brain is but an instrument in the greater purpose of creativity. After this work Hameed Khazaal swings into greater freedom of expression, conveying through symbolic forms his concern for humanity. Although the works of this period betrays the Surrealist influence, they are not surrealistic images of dream but rather an interpretation of the sterner realism of life.

Hameed is centered on mankind and its dilemma. His philosophy explains the peculiar psychology of his symbolism, by which he attempts to capture the moods and needs of changing social conditions, as if by an act of will he were to live in the future while presenting his creative point of views on the present.
Hameed Khazaal participated group exhibitions held in Kuwait and abroad: Cairo, Damascus, Shariqa, Riyadh, Manama, Doha, Muscat, Tunis, Madrid, Barcelona, Sofia, Moscow, Tokyo, Havana, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Ankara, Warsaw, Dhaka, Beijing, Beirut, and Stockholm.
Hameed Khazaal has published several books documenting the movement of the fine art in Kuwait. In 2000 he founded digital magazine Altshkeely.