STREETCON, the Urban Art Festival

It's finally here...STREETCON (Street Art Connection) kicks off today and runs until 2 May at Al Ghurair Centre. The urban art festival will bring together art, music and street culture, with over 20 local and international artists involved.

Among the many activities and art installations on offer are regular workshops with Dubai-based street art collective, The Brownmonkeys; a mural wall created by artist Tarsila Schubert; an exhibition of bicycles transformed into artworks; and a moving display of photographs documenting the stray cats of Dubai by artist Jandri Angelo Aguilar.

Not to be missed - Capsule Arts artist Matt Ryder will also be doing some live painting, creating an incredible paint splattered, UV-lit Neon Room! You can see more work by Matt and buy art prints of his work here.

For the full round of events click here, and for regular updates, visit the Facebook event page.

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street con
 

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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MAQ
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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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.