Balqees Fakhro says that she uses abstract painting to reproduce the range of emotions she encounters in the music of Mozart or Stravinsky. When she completes a painting, she hangs it up on the wall of her living room, and plays one of her favourite piece of classical music. “I listen to classical music and compare it to the same feeling. Then for me the painting is finished, and
have to sign it,” she said.
Fakhro was educated in Beirut, and lived and studied in northern California before returning to the Gulf. For the past 40 years, she has participated in group exhibitions and had various solo
shows across the region and the world. For years, Fakhro has exhibited her work with a group of Middle Eastern artists as part of the Friends of Art of the Gulf GCC countries. In Bahrain, her work is showcased at the Bahrain National Museum, and in the Manama Hall of the Four Seasons Hotel, among other venues. Her works have been acquired by museums and collections the world over, from Jordan to Germany.
She has also had a distinguished career as an art critic, and has lectured at the Bahrain Arts Society, most notably on the British artist J. M. W. Turner’s use of light, and on the artist’s influence on her own work. She considers her oeuvre to have been influenced mostly by Western artists; she cites Da Vinci and Duchamp as key inspirations. As her work moved progressively into abstract art, she says, it retained references to the architectural heritage of her home. Before too long, however, her style became unmistakably abstract.