Ramadan Kareem!

Capsule Arts wishes you and your family a blessed holy month of Ramadan.

We're pleased to announce that all three limited edition art prints in Emirati artist Khalid Mezaina's series, 5 Times a Day will be included as part of 'Reflections', an exhibition that explores notions of reflection during the holy month of Ramadan. UAE-based artists reclaim local materials and spaces to create works that encourage an introspective approach towards the local and the present.

Inspired by the spirit of Ramadan, the exhibition redefines the boundaries of personal and social spaces and proposes an alternative way of looking at one’s surroundings. It offers a space that explores these notions. From raw materials found in the UAE to suspended moments of worship and spirituality along the many highways of Dubai, the collection of work promises a much-needed pause during Ramadan.

Exhibiting artists are: JZ Aamir, Maitha Abdulla, Reem Falaknaz, Rand Abdul Jabbar, Zeinab Al Hashimi, Khalid Mezaina, Latifa Saeed, Saher Oliver Samman and Mohamed Somji.

Held in Emaar's popular Ramadan tent on the Downtown Boulevard in Dubai. The tent will run from 18 June till the end of Ramadan. As well as having some fantastic art relating to Islamic culture on show, Emaar's Ramadan tent offers a perfect place for families and friends to gather during Ramadan, with its blend of Islamic Art and Arabian hospitality.

All three prints in Khalid's series are available to purchase here: 5 Times a Day #15 Times a Day #2 5 Times a Day #3

5 times a day combo
5 times a day combo

Khalid often reflects on Arabic culture and everyday life in his art, and last year we collaborated with the talented artist to bring out a special charitable art print for Ramadan, Porta Mosque.

Khalid Mezaina, Porta Mosque, 2014, Courtesy the artist and Capsule Arts
Khalid Mezaina, Porta Mosque, 2014, Courtesy the artist and Capsule Arts

The piece was inspired by the UAE's many temporary mosque structures that can be found at construction sites and around the Emirates. 25% of proceeds from each sale go to The Big Heart Campaign, a UAE charity for Syrian refugee children.

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An Elephant and a Gentleman

Check out this great video from the very talented Matt Ryder, showing him hard at work on one of eight new artworks that we've commissioned for a new British Gastro Pub opening soon in Downtown Dubai. Matt has created a series of quirky characters in these acrylic paintings, who happen to be both elephants and highly sophisticated gentlemen!

Originally from the UK, Matt is based in Dubai and is well-known for both his witty and beautifully executed caricatures and his powerful wildlife portraits. Matt's love of animals means that they are a frequent subject of his paintings, and he often uses them as a form of playful social critique, as in his series of observations of life in Dubai using an assortment of characters from hyenas to elephants.

These animal portraits often take a more serious turn, like in this recent series of Winston, an African elephant that was killed for its ivory.

Capsule Arts offers a number of prints of Matt's work here, which are all currently on sale until 15 Feb.