Bahrain charity push by artist

By Laala Kashef Alghata , Posted on » Saturday, April 06, 2013

AN Australian artist and philanthropist known for his abstract work has donated more than BD3,800 to a Bahraini charity.

Christopher Hogan was invited to take part in the Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS) this year, and held workshops for children and adults to provide basic art skills and explain the foundations of abstract work.

He also pledged to donate 50 per cent of the profits from the sale of his artwork to a local charity in Bahrain, which he presented to the Alia Centre for Early Intervention.

His work inspired Hue Lounge founder and chief executive Kanika Subborwal, who has established a Christopher Hogan corner at the gallery.

“I got great feedback at BIGS,” said Mr Hogan. My work was very well received. People kept saying they were drawn to the stand by the bright colours and patterns.

“The workshops also went extremely well. We actually ran out of canvases by the end.”

Mr Hogan, who lives in the Maldives, wants to start working on new pieces for the gallery when he returns home.

“It will be in the same vein as my current pieces – micro-imagery, bright colours and abstract compositions,” he said.

“I’ll also be working on some sculptures in the process.

“I had a look around the space in the gallery and I’ll be working on something to fit well within the space.”

Mr Hogan said he was excited to work with a new and different audience.

“I have a fresh audience here in Bahrain, and I hope that people will want to interact with my work,” he said.

“I want to make it affordable for people. Prices will start roughly at BD370.

“However, for those who can’t afford to pay for a canvas, we’ll have some merchandise – mugs, cushions and things like that.”

He also hopes to return to Bahrain to continue teaching children art. “I want to be able to teach the children,” he said.

“This corner in the gallery will bring me back to Bahrain again and again. I want to organise some structured work in the future in order to give back to this community.

“I’ll hopefully be back in September, and I want to invite the Alia children back to see how their art has progressed.”