Born in Nineveh, Northern Iraq, of mixed culture - Greek and Syrian Christian
Orthodox. From an early age Nael was interested in art and spent much of his
childhood studying and drawing animals, birds and people. At the age of
nineteen, Nael went to college where he worked for a Diploma in Petroleum
Studies, at the end of which time he was drafted into the Army to serve during
the Iran-Iraq War.
Throughout his army service he
continued to paint and was awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Education,
Baghdad, to study art in Britain. In 1983 He commenced a language course and
foundation art course in Southampton, before being accepted to study for a
degree in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee.
In the summer of 1987 Nael won a
further scholarship to study art at Hospitalfield in Arbroath and it was during
this time that he developed his great passion for the East Coast of Scotland -
with its dramatic scenery and ever-changing weather.
Upon graduating in 1989 Nael travelled
to Florence on a three-month scholarship study tour awarded by the Royal
Scottish Academy (John Kinross Scholarship). This tour inspired Nael to
complete his MPhil in Art and Design in Dundee.
These years of study saw Nael winning
art awards within Scotland, and in 1990 he was invited to have a solo show in
On graduating, Nael was employed as a lecturer
(part-time) in the Fine Art department of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art,
Dundee. In the following year, Nael took up a full-time position as Artist in
Residence at Anton House day Centre, Broughty Ferry - a charitable organisation
providing day care services to adults with physical disabilities.
Nael has continued to develop his own
art work, and in 1992 won First Prize in the Dundee 800 art competition,
McManus Gallery, Dundee, then in 1996 was awarded the Zonta International
Prize, Aberdeen Arts Society. Nael's work has also been exhibited and collected
in many countries overseas, including Malaysia, America and Egypt. Apart from
the current show at Stenton, solo shows have also taken place in the Seagate
Gallery, Dundee, and Queens Road Gallery, Aberdeen. Nael is a regular exhibitor
at the RGI, RSA, SSA and SAAC.
Nael's work is immediately
recognisable for its unique and distinctive style. he has continued to promote
his love for nature, and in particular the rugged Scottish landscape and