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Perryhan El Ashmawi
b. 1988, Egypt

"As artists, it's our job to look where others don't. We represent and interpret what we see in the world, and the world we wish to see."

Perry El Ashmawi was born in Bahrain in 1988 to Egyptian parents, and in 2009 she attained a BA in Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, majoring in Painting & Drawing. Perry has showcased her work in Montreal, Athens, Bahrain and Dubai and she was fortunate in being selected to showcase in three editions of The Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, held at the Bahrain National Museum. In Dubai, Perry was a selected artist for the 7th edition of SIKKA Art Fair, and also showcased for the 10th edition of The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award Exhibition, and the 9th Annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival. In 2018, Perry conducted art workshops at The Louvre Abu Dhabi, as a represented artist for The Sheikha Manal Little Artist Program, she coordinated tailor-made art tour and art programs for students between the ages of 10 to 15 years.

She finds inspiration from the innovative styles of contemporary and urban art. Graphic and graffiti illustrative works are a few examples of urban art that influence her designs. Exploring the regions art scene as a practicing artist, Perry is certain that art will always be a lifetime passion.

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Solo exhibitions
Regional group exhibitions
Art fair participant
Award winner


Artist Statement

I find the human face to be engaging. I see it as the body’s billboard, attracting and catching my attention. I favor painting faces and figures because I’m intrigued by the characteristics of the human expression, and I believe that it carries a strong source of emotion. My aim is not only to present the body of the sitters, but the inner essence of my subject’s character. I often represent the people that I encounter in my life. My personal circle, such as friends and family, are exposed to the public through my work. I allow them to be witnessed by others and commemorated.

My art takes on a psychedelic perspective, inspired by insights derived from our popular culture. I draw from both urban as well as decorative art, juxtaposing ornamental, symbolic and graffiti-esque elements. My artworks are treated as commercialized stereotypes, an ‘eye candy’ that’s aesthetically pleasing to the viewer. Its commercial nature plays on the idea of society’s constant need to impress the public with pleasing depictions.




2005-2009 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
2007 Drawing and Art History course, Concordia University, Italy

Solo Exhibitions

2012 ‘Have You. Need You’, Al Riwaq Gallery, Manama, Bahrain
2010 ‘With the Beatles’, The World Beat Center, Manama, Bahrain

Group Exhibitions

2020 'The Emerging Artists Prize and Exhibition', Rove Hotel, Dubai, UAE
2019 'Women In Art', Arabesque Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2017 'Vintage Point Sharjah 5', Sharjat Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE
2015 ‘Presenting The Contemporary Middle East’, Gallery Skoufa, Mykonos, Greece
2015 ‘The Big Picture’, Pro Art Gallery, Curated by Xenia Gazi Dubai, UAE
2015 ‘RCA Secret Dubai’, Dubai, UAE
2013 Displacement, The Artist Leadership Program, Albareh Art Gallery, Manama, Bahrain
2012 WOMART 2: Her View Point, Art by Women, Inspired by Men, Funoon Gallery at The, Dubai’s Ladies Club, Dubai, UAE
2012 'I Am The Other', Al Riwaq Art Space, Manama, Bahrain
2011 'Out of Place', The BFH Fine Art Gallery, Bahrain Financial Harbor, Bahrain
2011 Human, Tashkeel Art’s Group, The Arts Center and Cultural Hall, Manama, Bahrain
2011 'A Woman’s Story', Nadine Gallery, Manama, Bahrain

Art Fairs

2021 9th Annual Fine Arts Exhibtion, The Arena, The Ritz Carlton, Bahrain
2019 ‘45th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition’
2017 ‘SIKKA Art Fair’, Selected Artist for 2017 Annual Exhibition, Dubai, UAE
2016 ‘10th Anniversary of the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award Exhibition’, Dubai, UAE
2014 40th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, Bahrain National Museum, Bahrain
2013 39th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, Bahrain National Museum, Bahrain

Awards and Honours

2017 Selected Artist for SIKKA Art Fair, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority
2011 Certificate of Recognition, participate in the 1st Bahraini Female Artist Annual Exhibition By Nadine Gallery

Workshops and Programs

2014 Artist Leadership Program by Nedim Kufi Resident Artist, Albareh Art Gallery, Bahrain
2013 Artist Leadership Program by Mo Reda Resident Curator, Albareh Art Gallery, Bahrain
2012 Spring of Cultures Talent Program Co-organized with EDB (Economic Development Board)
& The Ministry of Culture by William Wells Director of Townhouse Gallery
2011 Spring of Cultures Talent Program Instructed by Sara Rifki Curator of Townhouse & Photographer Rana El Nemr


MOHEH, ‘El-Ashmawi’s EDIT’, No.44, February 2017
Harper’s BAZAAR, “Bahrain’s New Tastemakers”, The Style, April Issue, 2014
Bahrain Confidential Magazine, “Spark An Emotion”, Art Space, March Issue, 2014
Gulf Life: Gulf Air Airline Magazine, “Pop Goes the Easel”, December Issue, 2013
Société Perrier Dubai, “Capsule Arts: Impressing With Eye-Candy”, July 9, 2013
Bahrain This Month Magazine, “A Sense of Self Discovery”, Young Achiever, April 2012, Vol. 16 issue 4

Permanent Collection

Bahrain National Museum
Donated 2019 | Manama, Bahrain