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Hanan Abdullah Bahamdan (1966) is a painter who has started exhibiting at home in Riyadh but has later moved to Egypt and London, where she mostly works on portraits. In Egypt she studied pastels with Muhammad Sabri and showed her work in the Opera gallery in Cairo. The exhibition was jointly openend by two Saudi diplomats. In a 2007 Sotheby's auction her painting Mannci (The Forgotten) of an Egyptian working class man was sold for many times the estimate. Bahamdan is quoted to have said that in her paintings she focusses on some of the many people 'we' usually pass and not stop to look into.


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From top to bottom: Mannci (Oil on canvas, 2005).