Saudi artists marvel at surprise patron: their own rulers

In one of Saudi artist Ahmed Mater’s best-known works, a silhouette of a gas pump morphs into a man holding a gun to his head –- a clear critique of oil’s damaging influence. The nature of visual artists’ work gives them more space to speak out than Saudi activists might enjoy, said Eman Alhussein, non-resident fellow with the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

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