Work by Emirati artist Dr. Samar Al-Shamsi is on view in the the Avenue at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi’s first standalone high-end luxury shopping destination. Entitled Samar Arts, the exhibition showcases Dr. Al-Shamsi’s evocative portraits, the centerpiece of which is the artist’s Arab Mona Lisa self- portrait which is being unveiled in the UAE for the first time.
Dr. Al-Shamsi’s is renowned for her commissioned portraits of high profile individuals, including the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and US President Barack Obama, whose portrait is displayed in the library of The White House.
The artist was most recently honored with the Excellence in the Arts Award by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Michigan. It was the first time an Arab woman received the award, which is presented to distinguished artists in the area of art, music and entertainment.