Sanaa Merchant is one of the artists of Noon Art Gallery which is the only gallery in Sharjah who have supported young artists vision and brought forward Noon Art Award. Their mission is to empower the society and make art accessible for everyone and to create awareness among society by engaging them in the local art scene.
The contemporary results seen in Sanaa's work break the rules of the conventional outlook usually imposed since she is influenced by Arabic contemporary styles and their enriched layered colors. The rich Islamic heritage in its teachings and Arab customs, as well as its historical role in artifacts and tradition is one of the main sources that inspire Sanaa's works, as there are many genres such as; architectural heritage, mosques, minarets, jewelry, khanjars, coins and other ornaments.
Sanaa gets most of her exposure from her surroundings since she has been born and brought up in the United Arab Emirates. Sanaa is very fond of adding modern elements in her traditional themes such as designs that have primarily evolved from Islamic calligraphy and motifs, as well as featuring intricate patterns of geometrical shapes.
"To promote creativity from the strengths within” - Noon Art Gallery
Three Facts About Noon Art Gallery
- For women and run by women
- Mobile gallery
- To empower women and help them achieve their creativity through different platforms such as Noon Art Awards