Born in 1959 in Nineva, Northern Iraq, Nael was conscripted to serve in the Iraq Army during the Iraq-Iran War, before being wounded in action. After a period of convalescing he was encouraged to submit a painting to a national competition and was presented with the first prize by none other than Saddam Hussein! Nael’s reward was a Scholarship to study in the UK. In 1983 he entered Duncan of Jordanson College of Art in Dundee to study drawing and painting.
In 1987, Nael won a scholarship to further study at the acclaimed Hospitalfield Summer School, Arbroath and it was during this time that he started his life-long exploration of the dramatic coastlines of the Scottish east coast.
He has exhibited in many countries including Malaysia, Egypt and the USA, and at the RGI, RSA, SSA and SSAC and with prominent galleries throughout the UK.
His works are included within major Public and Private Collections worldwide.