Exhibition in Riyadh 2001-2002

The second Painting & Patronage programme to be launched between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia was launched in February 2001. The magnificent 265 metre tall Al-Faisaliah Tower in Riyadh designed by leading British architect Lord Norman Foster played host to several thousands people from all walks of life who visited the exhibition promoting the art and culture of Saudi Arabia and Britain as expressed through the artwork of HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal and several other artists.

On display where 24 watercolours by The Prince of Wales and alongside these were 24 oil paintings by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal. The majority of these featured scenes from across Britain, Europe and Asia. Asir’s legendary and mountainous landscapes and others featuring traditionally and colourfully dressed Asiri men and women and tribesmen were also displayed. Asir, situated in the south western corner of the kingdom was shown for what it really is: a mountainous paradise with plateaus, outcrops, and green valleys leading directly to the edge of the beautiful Red Sea.

Several other British artists exhibited along side HRH The Prince of Wales including James Hart-Dyke and Christopher LeBrun. The exhibition was opened by the Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz (as Crown Prince) and held in the presence of leading members of the Royal Family and Government of Saudi Arabia.  A number of senior statesmen as well as public and cultural figures form across Europe also attended.

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