When looking at Lama Khatib Daniel's art, you have the sense of being in a dream. Her work is dominated by the human face, which she considers to encompass a whole world in its own. She repeatedly reimagines this motif, creating unexpected and surreal juxtapositions by merging human features with elements such as flocks of birds or flowers.
Working predominantly in charcoal, Lama's portraits are fluid and sensual. Her faces are feminine, with full lips and eyes which call to mind the phrase, 'the eyes are the window to the soul'. These portraits can convey a range of emotions, from the pensive and melancholy, to the playful and joyful. They offer a glimpse into the artist's own mood at the time of creation, and into her subconscious. Lama's life in the Middle East has also influenced her work - first as a child in Kuwait, followed by time spent in Jordan and then Dubai, where she is currently based. She instills her potraits with stories taken from her daily life.
For the new limited edition print collection, we are introducing two prints by Lama featuring her trademark faces and abstract shapes, including a new artwork created especially for the collection. These will join her current selection of prints that includes several works from her Sunny series, which the artist recently animated in this short stop motion film:
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Aside from our print collection, Capsule Arts often works with Lama for our Bespoke projects, including most recently Fairmont Dubai, where she created a stunning plate installation for Sea Grill restaurant, pictured below.
Lama Khatib Daniel is a self-taught artist who has been based in Dubai since 1998. Khatib Daniel worked for 15 years as an art-director and visual artist within leading advertising agencies in Dubai such as Wunderman and FP7. She has led numerous projects, including Gap ME and Ski Dubai, Dubai Tennis Championships and HP computers. She has exhibited her work extensively in Dubai and Abu Dhabi such as the Mattar Gallery, Ghaf Gallery, and 5green/Dubai. Currently she is establishing herself as a full time artist to retrieve the artistic career she left 10 years ago. Aside from her passion for drawing and painting, Lama also writes verses in Arabic and English. Visit www.lamakhatibdaniel.com for more information.