Inspirations: Kathryn Wilson at Centurion Star

Last year we installed two of Dubai-based artist Kathryn Wilson's vibrant abstract paintings in the lobbies of the Centurion Star, Dubai’s first freehold commercial property in Deira. Her colourful compositions added a burst of warmth and energy into the light and airy interiors. Wilson has been a resident of the UAE for the last 20 years and her work is strongly influenced by what she sees in her local environment. She is particularly fascinated by society and traditional culture in the more remote areas of the UAE and Oman. She frequently explores the city around her, taking along a camera to document discoveries that she finds inspiring and translating these elements into organic shapes and patterns in her canvases.

Here we take a look at some of Wilson's  photography and inspirations alongside her abstract paintings. For more information on Kathryn Wilson and to see her collection of limited edition prints for Capsule Arts, visit our website.

Clockwise from left: Kathryn Wilson's work installed at Centurion Star; 'Blue Palm', a photograph by Wilson taken in Muscat, Oman, © Kathryn Wilson;  'Omani Door', a photograph by Wilson taken in Dhofar, Oman, © Kathryn Wilson
Clockwise from left: Kathryn Wilson's work installed at Centurion Star; 'Blue Palm', a photograph by Wilson taken in Muscat, Oman, © Kathryn Wilson; 'Omani Door', a photograph by Wilson taken in Dhofar, Oman, © Kathryn Wilson
Clockwise from left: an architectural detail in Oman; one of Kathryn Wilson's paintings at Centurion Star; 'Seeb Beach', a photograph taken by Kathryn Wilson in Muscat, Oman, © Kathryn Wilson
Clockwise from left: an architectural detail in Oman; one of Kathryn Wilson's paintings at Centurion Star; 'Seeb Beach', a photograph taken by Kathryn Wilson in Muscat, Oman, © Kathryn Wilson
Kathryn Wilson with one of her works, available from our online store as a limited edition print
Kathryn Wilson with one of her works, available from our online store as a limited edition print
 

Artist Studio Visits #2

We've been out and about with more visits to artist studios getting a real insight into how artists in this region are working and discovering experiments and new works they've been busy working away on. This entry takes us to Abu Dhabi and the studios of artists Emily Gordon and James Matthews. Director Deepa Bhatia also made a fleeting visit to Bahrain and the studios of artists Perryhan and Jamal Abdul Rahim.

Artist Studio of Emily Gordon
Artist Studio of Emily Gordon
Artwork by Emily Gordon
Artwork by Emily Gordon
Artist Studio of James Matthews
Artist Studio of James Matthews
Artwork by James Matthews
Artwork by James Matthews
Artist Studio of Perryhan
Artist Studio of Perryhan
New works by Perryhan
New works by Perryhan
Jamal Abdul Rahim studio
Jamal Abdul Rahim studio

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Inspiration from Bahrain

The beauty of commissioning an artist for a bespoke project is that you get the opportunity to develop an artwork with an ongoing dialogue between artist and client. It's a process that takes you from conceptualising, to execution where we have regular progress updates, and finally installation where the artwork is presented in the space it was designed for. It's an extremely rewarding part of what we do at Capsule Arts and so we'd like to share with you our latest commission due to be installed next month in an upcoming hotel in Bahrain. The inspiration behind the artwork is the Bahrain Tree of Life - a 400 year old tree in the Bahraini desert, that has become a local legend due to it's survival despite being miles away from a water source or other vegetation.

For this commission we were delighted to work with Canadian artist Karen Lorena Parker. Having lived in the Gulf, Parker has a good understanding of the local cultures and traditions, and being inspired by natural landscapes in her artistic portfolio it was a great opportunity to work with her.

With constant dialogue and updates through emails and skype it's been a fantastic process and we look forward to showing you the artwork insitu. For now, here are a few photos of our journey along the way.

Work in progress in artist studio
Work in progress in artist studio
Capsule Arts late night skype with artist Karen Lorena Parker
Capsule Arts late night skype with artist Karen Lorena Parker
Artist Karen Lorena Parker working in the open air
Artist Karen Lorena Parker working in the open air
The finished artwork inspired by the Bahrain Tree of Life
The finished artwork inspired by the Bahrain Tree of Life