CA Artists Featured in the UAE Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale, the world's most prestigious - not to mention largest - art exhibition is in full swing and we're thrilled that two of the artists we work with for our limited edition print collection are featured in this year's National Pavilion UAE!

Dr. Najat MekyandMohammad Al Qassabare both included alongside 13 other artists in this year's presentation '1980 - Today: Exhibitions in the UAE', as two pioneering Emirati artists who have helped to shape the country's art landscape. Curated by Sheikha Hoor Bint Sultan Al Qasimi (President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation), the exhibition presents a selection of works from different decades highlighting the emergence of art practices in the UAE. The Emirates Fine Arts Society, a non-profit association that was formed in 1980 in Sharjah, has served as a main point of focus and inspiration for research.

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The other featured artists are: Ahmed Al Ansari; Moosa Al Halyan; Abdul Qader Al Rais; Abdullah Al Saadi; Mohammed Abdullah Bulhiah; Salem Jawhar; Mohammed Kazem; Abdulraheem Salim; Ahmed Sharif; Hassan Sharif; Obaid Suroor; Dr. Mohamed Yousif; and Abdulrahman Zainal. Click here for biographies of the artists.

Capsule Arts offers a range of affordable, high-quality art prints by Najat Meky and Mohammad Al Qassab, available to purchase with free UAE delivery from our online store. Click here for Najat Meky art printsClick here for Mohammad Al Qassab art prints

The 56th Venice Biennale continues until 22 November 2015.

L-R: 'Takween (Formation)', 1984; and 'Portrait', 1982, by Najat Meky © Photo: Haupt & Binder
L-R: 'Takween (Formation)', 1984; and 'Portrait', 1982, by Najat Meky © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Mohammad Al Qassab with his work at the National Pavilion UAE
Mohammad Al Qassab with his work at the National Pavilion UAE
'Broken Sofa', 1989, by Mohammad Al Qassab © Photo: Haupt & Binder
'Broken Sofa', 1989, by Mohammad Al Qassab © Photo: Haupt & Binder
L-R: Dr Mohamed Yousif, From the series:  'Black Works', 2012-13 Hassan Sharif, 'Sewing Notebooks', 1983 (reconstructed 2006) © Photo: Haupt & Binder
L-R: Dr Mohamed Yousif, From the series: 'Black Works', 2012-13 Hassan Sharif, 'Sewing Notebooks', 1983 (reconstructed 2006) © Photo: Haupt & Binder
L-R: Ahmed Sharif, 'Untitled', 2006 Abdulrahman Zainal, 'Aggression', 1982 © Photo: Haupt & Binder
L-R: Ahmed Sharif, 'Untitled', 2006 Abdulrahman Zainal, 'Aggression', 1982 © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Foreground, bottom:  Abdullah Al Saadi, from the series 'The Cavity Room', 1991 Animal bones on wood © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Foreground, bottom: Abdullah Al Saadi, from the series 'The Cavity Room', 1991 Animal bones on wood © Photo: Haupt & Binder
Exhibition view of National Pavilion UAE
Exhibition view of National Pavilion UAE
The National Pavilion UAE team & exhibiting artists
The National Pavilion UAE team & exhibiting artists
 

The 33rd Emirates Fine Art Society Annual Exhibition

Capsule Arts headed over to Sharjah the other day to catch the Emirates Fine Art Society’s 33rd annual exhibition, the longest-running art event in the UAE. This year's edition includes over 100 artworks by 36 GCC artists, including several artists who feature in our limited edition print collection.

Mahmoud Abbod, Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark and Mohammad Al Qassab all showcased bold new works, which in the cases of Elmobark and Al Qassab show a new direction in their artistic practice. You can buy affordable art prints of their work from www.capsulearts.com.

The show acts as a significant reference point for the growth of art in the region and each year sees a new curator taking over. This year, it is the Emirati artist and gallery owner Mattar Bin Lahej.

See some of the highlights in the picture gallery below. The exhibition runs until April 8 at Sharjah Art Museum.

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Two striking new canvases by Mahmoud Abbod, who depicts giantesses looming within scenes of historical Baghdad
Two striking new canvases by Mahmoud Abbod, who depicts giantesses looming within scenes of historical Baghdad
A vibrant new painting from Abdelqadir Hassan Elmobark, which shows a departure from his usual medium of watercolour and smaller scale works
A vibrant new painting from Abdelqadir Hassan Elmobark, which shows a departure from his usual medium of watercolour and smaller scale works
Incredibly detailed and surreal scenes by Moosa Al Haylan
Incredibly detailed and surreal scenes by Moosa Al Haylan
Khalid Al Banna's vibrant abstractions
Khalid Al Banna's vibrant abstractions
Abstract works by Layla Juma
Abstract works by Layla Juma
New calligraphic sculpture by Jalal Luqman
New calligraphic sculpture by Jalal Luqman
Paintings by renowned artist, Abdul Qader Al Rais
Paintings by renowned artist, Abdul Qader Al Rais
Portraits by Hamed Alhenawi
Portraits by Hamed Alhenawi
An installation by Khalil Abdulwahid, recreating an artist's studio environment and featuring artworks by numerous other GCC artists
An installation by Khalil Abdulwahid, recreating an artist's studio environment and featuring artworks by numerous other GCC artists
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Ruben Sanchez takes on the ING Creative Community Wall

Capsule Arts' pick of the weekend is most definitely this live art event organised by Dubai-based non-profit creative community ING. Prominent Spanish graffiti artist Ruben Sanchez will be painting a large mural in public on a JLT exterior wall from 2pm-6pm tomorrow, Friday 13 Feb. The event is free to the public and more information can be found here. As well as being a colourful addition to the area, the mural serves as a reminder of the thriving creative community within Dubai.

Ruben's mural is already underway and he's making great progress...

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In progress collage

If you're not already familiar with Ruben, the artist hails from Madrid and in 2013 was an artist-in-residence at Tashkeel in Dubai. Since then he's been taking over the UAE with his colourful and surreal artworks, which really do have a life of their own. Our favourite new addition to Dubai might just be Catzilla...

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Throughout his artwork you can find inspiration from Mediterranean life, graphic design, flamenco, graffiti, cubism, reclaimed materials and objects, skateboarding, 80’s music, surrealism, and contemporary society in general.

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collage 2

Speaking about his art, Ruben says, “I’m interested in reviving old spaces, in resurrecting stuff, giving life to dead boring things through colours, creatures, or silly faces. Where there’s an abandoned factory, a cut tree or a dead train, there were humans before messing it all up. Sometimes I try to make that footprint nicer. Sometimes I paint on clean walls and white canvases too.”

We had the pleasure of working with Ruben in 2013 for one of our bespoke projects; he created some vibrant, site-specific murals for Salero Tapas & Bodego restaurant in Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates.

Aside from this cool community event, ING also hosts talks, workshops, and portfolio reviews for creatives in the region. Other upcoming events include a large conference which will take place on March 27th and 28th, 2015, featuring a range of international creatives speaking.

Images courtesy ING & Ruben Sanchez