Meet Lama Khatib Daniel

Lama Khatib Daniel drawing one of her large scale charcoal drawings
Lama Khatib Daniel drawing one of her large scale charcoal drawings

Distorted faces create unexpected juxtapositions and express dreams perhaps unfulfilled or not yet realized. They express longing for another dimension, another world, a past perhaps full of nostalgia. In wanting to achieve dreams, Lama’s artworks are caught in a world dreaming between the past that she loves and one which keeps her going, and the future that she is moving towards. Throughout her art she is expressing her mood and living within her daydreams

Living in the Middle East has highly influenced her work. First Kuwait as a child, then Jordan, and now Dubai, which as a multi-cultural city contains many complexities upon which she draws her ideas from. She believes that the stories and daily issues within this region are too intense to be ignored and it fuels her creativity.

Although a modern girl, she is deeply affected by her roots and these influence the subject of her work. She doesn’t have a message to tell people but living in the Middle East and living in the eastern world, messages are subconsciously translated throughout her artwork. The passion of Middle Eastern people can be harsh, but it’s that love/hate emotional rollercoaster that finds its way into her art as well.

Aside from her passion for drawing and painting, Lama also writes imaginative verses in Arabic and English. The issues of women rights and the troubles they face come across in her artwork too

A visit to Lama Khatib Daniel's Dubai studio
A visit to Lama Khatib Daniel's Dubai studio

Her artwork springs from her own secret world where she takes refuge from the mundane routines of daily life. The art that she creates tells a story which she bases on her own life philosophy by which she sees the world, and it is apparent in her artwork. She visually narrates her pursuit of freedom, beauty and her inner long-lasting melancholy. Whether digital, acrylic or charcoal Lama’s works are coherent with vivid lines and captivating style.

The majority of her work contains fantastical images of women’s faces, drawn mostly in charcoal, with sharp contours and waves of hair that bend and twist like smoke. Abstract images of birds, sees and plants weave in and out of her images and large closed plump lips dominate the faces of these women like an untold secret or story. Currently, her favorite medium is charcoal and monochrome drawings on paper. She says that it’s the timelessness of the medium that draws her in.

Lama Khatib's artwork exhibited at Mattar Gallery in 2013
Lama Khatib's artwork exhibited at Mattar Gallery in 2013

Lama Khatib Daniel is a self-taught passionate artist that has resided in Dubai since 1998. Khatib has had 15 years of experience as an art-director/visual artist in leading advertising agencies in Dubai such as Wunderman and FP7. She has also led many projects such as 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.

This Autumn Capsule Arts will launch a set of limited edition art prints by Lama Khatib Daniel that will be available to purchase at capsulearts.com, for more details about her featured artworks and the launch collection sign up here.