The Saudi modern artist championed by Rihanna has unveiled a new painting to mark, in her own words, "a historic world day that we all celebrate." Following the change that will allow women to drive in Saudi Arabia as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's far-reaching drive to modernise the kingdom, Women Drive A Car by Tagreed Albagshi is a mixed-media work featuring two women behind the wheel of cars emblazoned with Louis Vuitton and Rolex logos signalling the new mood of the nation.
Known in the region for her modern and sculptural portraits of women appearing with strength, often seen with long necks and noses, simplified features and elongated faces, Tagreed is a founding member of the Saudi Society for Plastic Arts and heads the Women’s Committee of the Arts and Culture Association, and her work has also been exhibited in numerous countries including Germany, Korea, India, Egypt, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Lebanon and the Gulf States.
When the announcement was made on state TV in May 2017 that women in KSA will be permitted to drive independently from 24 June 2018, Rihanna shared another painting by the Hofuf-born artist with her Instagram followers declaring, “Love to see progression. Women will now be able to drive in Saudi Arabia.” The 2014 work, entitled My Dream And The Green Car depicted a woman sitting on a Lexus. And today Tagreed can witness her dream coming true.
Photos: Courtesy of the artist and Instagram