The drawings and paintings of Ali Abbas convey realism portrayed with dignity and compassion. There is a touching simplicity in the delightful cameos he produces, often highlighted by carefully rendered areas of bright coloration. His subjects appear as transitory figures sheltering in temporary abodes, nomadic and wandering according to seasons and circumstances. Abbas captures this phenomenon skillfully, yet the emotions evoked in the portrayals of mother and child images, can be likened to the feelings aroused in the Madonna works of the Byzantine era, an element of humanity that is shared through times and terrains. He does not beautify the landscape; the use of the graduations of a monochromatic colour is highly dramatic. Abbas captures this phenomenon skillfully – the swirling brushstrokes suggestive of dust storms or symbolic of difficulties of the lives – simulating the force of nature and its inherent drama.