Inspirations in Oil
A Silent Auction and Exhibit of Oil Paintings by Abdul Wahhab, M.D.
Benefiting Respect Graduate School
Nov. 18 – Dec. 7, 2019
Please join us for this very special silent auction and exhibit of oil paintings by renowned local artist Dr. Abdul Wahhab to benefit Respect Graduate School in Bethlehem, PA. This exhibit will feature 18 brand new pieces by Dr. Wahhab inspired by the beauty he encounters in his daily life and travels. Many are paintings of the flowers he comes across and photographs on his travels to exotic places like Iceland, South Africa, China and India, while others are inspired by the gorgeous spring and summer blooms found around his home in Schuylkill County. Besides the floral paintings Dr. Wahhab is well known for, this exhibit will also showcase many rare new pieces featuring Islamic calligraphy inspired by his favorite verses from the Qur’an. Throughout all of these pieces, Dr. Wahhab seeks to share the beauty and inspiration that he sees all around us. Viewer’s of this exhibit are sure to be uplifted by the vibrant array of colors and the powerful use of light.
This exhibit will freely open to the public every Monday through Saturday, from 9-6 PM beginning Monday, November 18, 2019 until Saturday, December 7. Guests are encouraged to write bids on their favorite pieces throughout the length of the exhibit and the highest bidder will be contacted at the conclusion of the exhibit on December 7, 2019. Proceeds from the auction will go to Respect Graduate School, a non-profit academic institution that provides graduate level education in Islamic Studies.
Also, please be sure to join us on Friday, December 6 at 6:30 PM at Respect Graduate School when Dr. Wahhab will be with us to talk about his paintings and their inspirations.
He has been said to be a natural artist who, even as a child, was well known for his artistic ability in his hometown where he was often asked to draw images for school projects or portraits for special occasions. Even while in medical school and during his residency, he continued to hone this talent by penning illustrations for medical journals.
At the urging of his wife, Zarina, Dr. Wahhab began his formal training with oil painting in 1986. He enrolled to several classes and workshops where he sharpened his artistic techniques and acumen. Since that time, Dr. Wahhab has painted hundreds oil paintings, mostly of flowers. This is not surprising since his undergraduate education was in botany.