Muharraq – Coastline, Bahrain 1976

Muharraq – Coastline, Bahrain 1976

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Limited Edition prints in three sizes of Muharraq – Coastline

Painted in oils, 1976, approximately 3’ X 1’ Christine Rollitt BA Hons. Fine Art - P.O.A.


The Greeks referred to Bahrain as "Tylos", the centre of pearl trading, where the ancient origins of its second largest city, Muharraq (Place of Ashes) reach back to the time of Dilmun some five thousand years ago. The enigmatic beauty of this timeless city is captured here in oils in 1976, before the modern developers arrived in Bahrain.


Christine Rollitt first visited Bahrain in the 1970’s, many years before all the new development that is now
taking place at such a rapid pace.


As a painter, the most impressive aspects were the bands of sky, coastline and sea. These coastlines especially at Budaiya, Hidd and Muharraq consisted of traditional buildings, small mosques and dhows tied up along the beaches. The haze and humidity enhanced the colours, predominantly turquoise, cream and ochre that emanated from the timeless and unspoilt villages.

The artist painted for two years, sometimes painting the same place more than once. In those days she would sit along the coastline with her umbrella and easel, plenty of water to drink, and her paints. Now, it is hard to imagine the temperatures that must have been endured outside for hours at a time.


Her reward was to have the first exhibition at the then brand new Hilton Hotel, now known as the Golden Tulip. The paintings sold well and gave Christine the inspiration to continue in her chosen field of art, painting.

This year Christine visited Bahrain for the first time in almost thirty years and was astonished at the changes. These changes have spurred her on to make a series of Limited Edition prints of the paintings done so many years ago, in order to keep alive the picturesque qualities of the traditional Bahraini landscape.


A Limited Edition print of Muharraq - Coastline is available in three sizes:
100% original size (35" x 12" / 89cm x 31cm), 75% (27" x 9" / 69cm x 23cm ) and 50% (18" x 6" / 46cm x 15cm).


A Limited Edition print of Sakhir – Enchanted Palace is also available in three sizes:
100% original size (35" x 12" / 89cm x 31cm), 75% (27" x 9" / 69cm x 23cm ) and 50% (18" x 6" / 46cm x 15cm).


These artworks are printed on archival cotton canvas, unvarnished, and are Limited Editions of 50 and 25.