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.


Capsule Arts at the 'Shop the Night Christmas Market'


We'll be at Tom & Serg tomorrow night for the Corner Shop-organised 'Shop the Night Market - Christmas Style'! It's the perfect opportunity to do a spot of Christmas shopping, with over 30 vendors selling everything from art to fashion and homeware.

You can find us upstairs with our pop-up shop, bring you a selection of our limited edition art prints by artists from the UAE and GCC, which make lovely and unique gifts.

See you there!