The Bougainvillea

This is one of my earlier works and I like this composition. To me it is what traditional Arab architecture of the Gulf Region is all about. It is what makes it so special and appealing. Using local materials to create homes which harness the best aspects of a harsh climate, while using the layout of the building to compliment local culture and values.

Here is the central courtyard with the blazing color of the bougainvillea contrasting with the soft brown of the walls and floor. Here is the Lewon, with it’s deep, cool shadows, looking out onto the courtyard to cotch any cooling breeze. Here are the outside steps leading to the roof and the ladies quarters. Interior and exterior combine to create the whole living experience.

  • ● Oil paint on Canvas
  • ● Painted 1991
  • ● 62cm X 88cm