Capsule Arts artists featured in the RCA Secret Dubai 2015 exhibition

Now that the identities of the previously anonymous regional and internationally acclaimed artists and designers participating in the recent RCA Secret Dubai exhibition have been revealed, we can officially let you know which Capsule Arts artists were involved! A number of the artists that we work with for our limited edition print collection participated in the exhibition, submitting original postcard-sized artworks which were exhibited at Art Dubai last weekend. All these postcards were up for sale on Saturday 21 March for AED500, with sales proceeds going towards supporting students of the Royal College of Art.

Check out the postcards by CA artists below...

Lama Khatib Daniel

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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
 

In Pictures: a Saturday art marathon

Yesterday saw a flurry of exhibitions opening across Dubai, with three shows opening in Al Quoz alone. Capsule Arts undertook a bit of an art marathon to catch the different exhibition previews. Over in Al Serkal Avenue, Carbon 12, Green Art Gallery and Grey Noise all opened solo exhibitions of artists hailing from the Middle East. Carbon 12 showed new photographs by Egyptian artist Hazem Mahdy, featuring the artist's own limbs isolated and repeated to create intricate patterns. Green Art Gallery also showed photography: Syrian artist Jaber Al Azmeh gave a voice to Syrians from all walks of life, asking them to define the Syria that they believe in. Meanwhile Grey Noise presented the first exhibition in the Middle East of Lebanese artist Charbel-joseph H. Boutros. Among the minimalist 'gestures'  on show were tears from the artist's left and right eyes separated into two phials, an erased eraser and a series of drawings stemming from H Boutros's sleeping patterns.

After taking in the Al Serkal sights, at 7pm we left the industrial landscape of Al Quoz and headed over to Pro Art Gallery in Jumeirah for the opening reception of The Big Picture.  The exhibition includes work by three artists from our limited edition print collection - Lama Khatib Daniel, Kathryn Wilson and Matthew Ryder. Make sure to catch it before it closes on 20 May 2014!

A detail of one of Hazem Mahdy's ethereal photographic prints
A detail of one of Hazem Mahdy's ethereal photographic prints
A visitor checks out Mahdy's complex patterns formed from his own arms repeated numerous times
A visitor checks out Mahdy's complex patterns formed from his own arms repeated numerous times
Jaber Al Azmeh's work installed at Green Art Gallery
Jaber Al Azmeh's work installed at Green Art Gallery
"yes to democracy, no to the terror of the state, yes to revolution, yes to freedom": artist and calligraphist Munir AlSharani featured in Al Azmeh's photographs of Syrian's and their hopes for the country
"yes to democracy, no to the terror of the state, yes to revolution, yes to freedom": artist and calligraphist Munir AlSharani featured in Al Azmeh's photographs of Syrian's and their hopes for the country
Visitors examining Al Azmeh's photographs
Visitors examining Al Azmeh's photographs
Lovers, 2012. H Boutros at Grey Noise, two mechanical pencils joined by the same lead
Lovers, 2012. H Boutros at Grey Noise, two mechanical pencils joined by the same lead
One of 3 telephones forming an equilateral triangle in the gallery in H Boutros's show
One of 3 telephones forming an equilateral triangle in the gallery in H Boutros's show
The wall appears to be smoking a cigarette in H Boutros's Parler a un mur, 2011
The wall appears to be smoking a cigarette in H Boutros's Parler a un mur, 2011
The art hungry crowds at Pro Art
The art hungry crowds at Pro Art
Kathryn Wilson's photographs unite light and movement
Kathryn Wilson's photographs unite light and movement
Matthew Ryder's raging bull almost seems to be trying to leap from the walls at Pro Art
Matthew Ryder's raging bull almost seems to be trying to leap from the walls at Pro Art
Lama Khatib Daniel's melancholy female forms at Pro Art
Lama Khatib Daniel's melancholy female forms at Pro Art