An Elephant and a Gentleman

Check out this great video from the very talented Matt Ryder, showing him hard at work on one of eight new artworks that we've commissioned for a new British Gastro Pub opening soon in Downtown Dubai. Matt has created a series of quirky characters in these acrylic paintings, who happen to be both elephants and highly sophisticated gentlemen!

Originally from the UK, Matt is based in Dubai and is well-known for both his witty and beautifully executed caricatures and his powerful wildlife portraits. Matt's love of animals means that they are a frequent subject of his paintings, and he often uses them as a form of playful social critique, as in his series of observations of life in Dubai using an assortment of characters from hyenas to elephants.

These animal portraits often take a more serious turn, like in this recent series of Winston, an African elephant that was killed for its ivory.

Capsule Arts offers a number of prints of Matt's work here, which are all currently on sale until 15 Feb.

 

Rachael and Deepa's Adventures in India

Recently Capsule Arts founders Deepa Bhatia and Rachael Brown were in India sourcing items for one of our bespoke art consulting projects, an adventure that took them all around the country. Here we bring you some of the highlights from their trip, from the art and architecture of India, to the whole lot of cows roaming the country!

The stunning Umaid Bhavan Taj Hotel in Rajasthan
The stunning Umaid Bhavan Taj Hotel in Rajasthan
India is filled to the brim with vibrant and lovely artifacts and artworks, often integrated into the architecture
India is filled to the brim with vibrant and lovely artifacts and artworks, often integrated into the architecture
There is also a rich scene of contemporary art in the country
There is also a rich scene of contemporary art in the country
The sight of a wandering cow is all too common in India... Clockwise: Cultured cows lounging by some public sculpture in Udaipur; a cow in Jodphur; Deepa having some words with a cow in Jodphur
The sight of a wandering cow is all too common in India... Clockwise: Cultured cows lounging by some public sculpture in Udaipur; a cow in Jodphur; Deepa having some words with a cow in Jodphur
Always some time for a selfie! Clockwise: Rachael being snapped in Mehrangar Fort, Jodhpur; Deepa and Rachael dwarfed by a fort in Jodhpur; Selfie in front of the Lotus Temple; Rachael on the steps of a fort in Jodhpur
Always some time for a selfie! Clockwise: Rachael being snapped in Mehrangar Fort, Jodhpur; Deepa and Rachael dwarfed by a fort in Jodhpur; Selfie in front of the Lotus Temple; Rachael on the steps of a fort in Jodhpur
Some sights in Jodhpur, known as India's Blue City due to the vividly painted blue houses
Some sights in Jodhpur, known as India's Blue City due to the vividly painted blue houses
In amongst the travelling across India, there was still time for some lessons - cooking for Deepa and music for Rachael!
In amongst the travelling across India, there was still time for some lessons - cooking for Deepa and music for Rachael!
 

Behind the Scenes: New Giles Miller installation for Bespoke

For the last couple of weeks, we've been busy with the installation of Giles Miller Studio's breathtaking new installation for Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. The Bespoke project is part of our ongoing work with Kempinski Hotel MoE - previously we commissioned a mural for Salero Tapas & Bodega restaurant in the hotel, and a series of paintings by Emirati artist Mohammad Al Qassab  for the Arabic Gallery

Approximately 5000 brass gold box elements were hung in series, cascading down the face of the reception feature wall. These boxes vary in depth, colour and transparency, and when viewed from afar, a pattern inspired by the UAE's undulating sand dunes emerges. When fully lit, the effect of the rolling dunes is quite spectacular, and we wanted to share some of our behind the scenes snaps from the install process.

London-based design practice, Giles Miller Studio, specialises in the development of innovative surface and interior design projects, marrying architecture with beautiful interior finishes. Capsule Arts has developed an ongoing relationship with the studio, collaborating on several high profile projects, includingDesign Days Dubai 2014, where we showcased the studio's new lighting sculpture series Castor & Pollux.