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.

 

Introducing...Lina Ogaily

British-Iraqi artist Lina Ogaily is brand new to our print collection and we're thrilled to be including two prints of her artworks. Lina unites abstraction and the figurative in her paintings and drawings, using the human figure as her primary tool of communication. An exploration of colour, texture and form is central to her art.

There is often a strong interplay between mass and space within her works, along with a sense of energy and dynamic movement, as seen in Till Morning Comes, included in the Capsule Arts collection.

Lina Ogaily, Till Morning Comes, Courtesy of the artist and Capsule Arts
Lina Ogaily, Till Morning Comes, Courtesy of the artist and Capsule Arts

Lina draws together threads of abstraction, from Abstract Expressionism to the Baghdad School of Modern Art, to form her own highly unique visual language. She works intuitively onto paper or canvas without preliminary sketches, which allows for spontaneity in the work.

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She sees abstraction as giving her a certain ambiguity that leaves room for the viewer’s own imagination and personal interpretation of an artwork: Seeing this journey of discovery on the faces of people as they reflect on my paintings is the greatest reward I could wish for, and the thoughts and feelings they take with them is the reason I continue to paint.”

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Lina_Ogaily 3 copy
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British Iraqi artist Lina Ogaily lives and works in the UAE and holds a BTECH in Art and Design from Chelsea College of Arts and a BA in Interior Design from Kingston University, London. She has exhibited extensively throughout the UAE, including most recently Emirates Fine Art Society, Sharjah (2014); Marsam Mattar, Dubai (2014); Courtyard Gallery, Dubai (2013); Showcase Gallery, Dubai (2012); Ruwaq Gallery, Sharjah (2012); and 4 Walls Gallery, Dubai (UAE). Her work is held in several collections, including Barjeel Art Collection, Sheikh Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, Sharjah; and Mirabili Art Centre, Elisabetta Gucci, Florence.

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Lina_Ogaily 3
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Introducing...Lama Khatib Daniel

Lama in her studio in Dubai
Lama in her studio in Dubai

When looking at Lama Khatib Daniel's art, you have the sense of being in a dream. Her work is dominated by the human face, which she considers to encompass a whole world in its own. She repeatedly reimagines this motif, creating unexpected and surreal juxtapositions by merging human features with elements such as flocks of birds or flowers.

Working predominantly in charcoal, Lama's portraits are fluid and sensual. Her faces are feminine, with full lips and eyes which call to mind the phrase, 'the eyes are the window to the soul'. These portraits can convey a range of emotions, from the pensive and melancholy, to the playful and joyful. They offer a glimpse into the artist's own mood at the time of creation, and into her subconscious. Lama's life in the Middle East has also influenced her work - first as a child in Kuwait, followed by time spent in Jordan and then Dubai, where she is currently based. She instills her potraits with stories taken from her daily life. 

Collected materials that Lama finds inspiring
Collected materials that Lama finds inspiring

For the new limited edition print collection, we are introducing two prints by Lama featuring her trademark faces and abstract shapes, including a new artwork created especially for the collection. These will join her current selection of prints that includes several works from her Sunny series, which the artist recently animated in this short stop motion film:

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Aside from our print collection, Capsule Arts often works with Lama for our Bespoke projects, including most recently Fairmont Dubai, where she created a stunning plate installation for Sea Grill restaurant, pictured below.

Lama's ceramic plate installation for Sea Grill restaurant in Fairmont Dubai
Lama's ceramic plate installation for Sea Grill restaurant in Fairmont Dubai

Lama Khatib Daniel is a self-taught artist who has been based in Dubai since 1998. Khatib Daniel worked for 15 years as an art-director and visual artist within leading advertising agencies in Dubai such as Wunderman and FP7. She has led numerous projects, including 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. Aside from her passion for drawing and painting, Lama also writes verses in Arabic and English. Visit www.lamakhatibdaniel.com for more information.