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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Introducing...Matthew Ryder

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Matthew Ryder is a British artist and illustrator living and working in the UAE. He takes inspiration from everyday life, people, and the worlds of politics and celebrity, putting his own unique twist on these subjects. His caricatures include well known celebrity figures such as Mark Wahlberg, Florence and the Machine, President Barack Obama and Steve Jobs among others.

Ryder's love of animals means that they are also a frequent subject of his paintings These animals are often used as a form of playful social critique, as in his recent series of witty observations of expat life in the UAE using an assortment of characters, from hyenas to elephants. For the new collection, Matt is adding to his existing selection with two prints from this series.

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"For this small series of paintings I wanted to reflect not just my own time living in the region but for all expats who have experienced life in the Emirates. It's a semi satirical way of looking at our every day experiences, from the sublime to the really quite ridiculous. By using animals to represent us it gives the option to step back from the scene and look in as a casual observer". Matthew Ryder

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Check out these two time lapse videos showing Matt creating one of his wildlife paintings:

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PART II

Matthew Ryder’s work has been exhibited around the UAE and published in newspapers, books and magazines all over the world. He has also illustrated several children’s book covers, as well as creating caricatures for royalty and at venues like Yas Waterworld. He worked with fellow Capsule Arts artist Fathima Mohiuddin and her company The Domino for Tiger Translate and has completed a large series of paintings for a major hotel group in the UAE.

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Ryder has his own caricature business, Matt Ryder Caricature, and can be booked for events or commissioned for personalised caricatures: www.mattrydercaricature.com. Find out more about his art here: ryderscanvas.tumblr.com 

 

Meet the artists

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We're delighted to announce the 18 artists who will feature in the launch collection of Capsule Arts limited edition prints, the vast majority of whom live, work and produce art in the UAE.

Andrew Field, Arcadia Blank, Emily Gordon, Fathima Mohiuddin, James Matthews, Jill Thomas Whatley, Julia Ibbini, Kate Toldeo, Kathryn Ryan, Kathryn Wilson, Khalid Mezaina, Lama Khatib Daniel, Matt Ryder, Mohammed Al Qassab, Nasir Nasrallah, Nivedita Saha, Noush Like Sploosh, and Perryhan El-Ashmawi.

In the coming weeks Capsule Arts would like you to get to know them better - what inspires their artwork, what their practise involves, and even where they work. We'll be keeping you updated on our facebooktwitter, and instagram pages, as well as artist features right here on our journal.

In the lead up to the launch, Société Perrier will also be running a series of interviews with the artists so make sure to check them out.

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