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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Meet artist Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark

A self-portrait of the artist
A self-portrait of the artist

Sudanese artist Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark is one of the featured artists in our second collection of limited edition art prints.

His semi-abstract paintings are filled with light and colour, depicting landscapes that are half-real, half-imagined. The contours of these landscapes are formed from delicate watercolour washes, Elmobark’s preferred medium.

'Landscape 3' by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark, available as a limited edition print from Capsule Arts
'Landscape 3' by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark, available as a limited edition print from Capsule Arts

He explains, "Water colour is my favourite medium for it is both easy and difficult to handle. Difficult because it is very testing and thought-provoking and easy because it is flowing and fluent…it can create an unmatchable purity."

L-R: 'Landscape 1' and 'Landscape 2' by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark, available as a limited edition prints from Capsule Arts
L-R: 'Landscape 1' and 'Landscape 2' by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark, available as a limited edition prints from Capsule Arts

Born and raised in Sudan, the landscape of his native country still serves as a source of inspiration for his art, with the rich, jewel tones of his early childhood always finding their way into his paintings.

The landscapes of Sudan and the UAE serve as inspiration for Elmobark's half-real, half-imagined landscape paintings
The landscapes of Sudan and the UAE serve as inspiration for Elmobark's half-real, half-imagined landscape paintings

Elmobark’s landscapes often include elements of architecture, with buildings and towers grouping together to form towns. These towns appear and disappear into the surrounding landscape and are reminiscent of the communities found in remote locations in the UAE.

Check out our selection of prints of the artist's work here.

Watercolours by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark
Watercolours by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark

Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark has a degree in photography from the College of Fine and Applied Arts in Khartoum, Sudan. He is based in Sharjah and works as a graphic designer at Dubai Municipality. He has exhibited extensively throughout the region and internationally. Selected exhibitions include: Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation, Dubai (2014); Emirates Cultural Festival, Dubai (2003); Art Attack Gallery, Dubai (2007); Majlis Gallery, Dubai (2001); the Bangladesh Biennial (2001); the Sharjah Biennial (1995-1999); and Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation (1999).

Watercolours by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark
Watercolours by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark