Weeda Hamdan - Poor quality junk artist
I attended an exhibit on a Saturday for this artist called Weeda Hamdan in Texas. She approached all of the people at the event very agressively and talked incessantly about how she is getting famous all over the world, how she is getting solicited from galleries all over the world, how she is well known in New York and how many famous people including the presidents of Lebanon and Liberia have commissioned her work. I was very turned off by her during the exhibit as well because she was drunk and tripping over everybody. My husband needed to buy some artwork for his office and thought some of her paintings would be appropriate. I myself was not very impressed as they looked like something any amateur could paint.
My husband purchased an abstract oil painting which cost $1,000. Even though the painting was fairly ugly, we felt good about the purchase since we were told that 20% of the purchase price would be donated to Ronald McDonald house in Dallas. [continued below]....
..... We were told it would be delivered to the office by a special art transport company by the end of the week. We paid the full price up front. We were given a printout and were told that a formal sales bill and receipt would be given to us upon delivery.
By Thursday nobody had contacted us. I called the gallery and we were told that they don't handle the delivery and gave us the e-mail of Weeda Hamdan. We e-mailed her several times, asking for a response and finally after 2 weeks we received a call from someone called "man" (yes, that is the name he gave us) claiming to be Weeda's husband. He said she was sick and the art deliveries were delayed. We asked "man" when we would get our painting or if they were not going to deliver we wanted our money back. He got angry, insulted us and said we would get the painting by the end of the following week. We never received a phone call from anybody else, and about a week later a delivery came to our office with the painting. It was wrapped in dirty brown paper that was torn - we told the delivery personnel that we were not going to accept this item they just set it down and walked out.
We removed the paper wrapping and the painting was not what we had purchased it was in terrible condition and the paint was cracked and bubbled and part of it looked like it had water damage. We called the gallery and they said they have nothing to do with this and that they no longer work with Weeda Hamdan and had no contact info for her. We again e-mailed Weeda and expressed how upset we were with this whole incident. She never contacted us back. So now we have a painting that is in horrible condition and we are out $1,000. The gallery will not respond either, we went back there and they said Weeda kept the money that she collected for several paintings and never paid them their commission. They also told us that her husband, whose actual name is Maan Hamdan or Mark Hamdan has been really nasty to them. We called the donations desk at Ronald McDonald house in Dallas, where Weeda Hamdan said she donates 20% of the sales of her so called "art" to and they said they have never heard of her. AVOID THIS ARTIST WEEDA HAMDAN AND HER HUSBAND MAN HAMDAN or MARK HAMDAN THEY ARE JUNK DEALERS AND FRAUDS. Their addresss is 4700 Goldeneyes Ln, McKinney, TX 75070-9039