Sadly today is the last day of SIKKA 2016 as Dubai Art Season 2016 draws to a close for another year and the Dubai art world slows down ahead of summer. Make sure you take a trip down to catch the fair nestled in the peaceful heritage quarter of Al Fahidi and discover art amongst the alleyways and courtyards. For more information, the SIKKA facebook page is your best resource, with daily updates on the programmed. The fair closes tonight with the Emirati monodrama, "Why would i wait for?", written and directed by Hafidh A.Thani, tonight, 8:30 pm in House 19, and of course the SIKKA Closing party, 7-11pm.
For those not in the know, SIKKA is an annual showcase organised by Dubai Culture specifically designed to feature UAE and GCC contemporary art practices and initiatives, through a diversity of artistic talent and stance, providing opportunity to experience home-grown creativity at its liveliest and best, in the heart of Dubai.
This year artist Matt Ryder created two new large-scale paintings for SIKKA, which you can see in House 16. These artworks look at the process of grief and the recovery process, through the genre of landscape painting. Ryder uses symbolism, scale, realism and colour to represent this full cycle of emotion. Matt is part of our limited edition art print collection and you can see our range of Matt Ryder prints here.
Also featured in both our print collection and in SIKKA 2016 is renowned Emirati painter Mohammed Al Qassab, whose work can be seen as part of the Emirates Fine Arts Society exhibition in House 31. You can check out our range of available art prints by Al Qassab here.
His fiery abstract painting 0n show took us back to one of our past art consulting projects, when we commissioned Al Qassab for 2 paintings for the Arabic Gallery in Kempinski Mall of the Emirates back in 2013 (pictured below). These paintings merged elements inspired by traditional Sadu fabric with the vibrant reds and oranges of the desert landscape.
If you're looking to pick up a purchase at SIKKA, don't miss FN Design Studio's pop up shop in House 42, which stocks a range of eclectic and arty items. This includes this lovely screenprint from Kathryn Wilson, which she's created as a limited edition piece to raise money for Water.org...get it while it lasts!
Some more from our adventures during Art Week 2016...