Acclaimed Emirati artist Dr Najat Meky is one of the UAE’s pioneering contemporary artists. Her works reflect on the value of society, culture and tradition, and the female figure is prominent throughout her paintings. She uses women in her art, “because I want to show the ambition and hope Arab women have, and also to prove they have an important role to play in society”
Dr Meky plays with colours, subjects, shapes, lines and symbolism to express and trigger emotions. She considers all her work to be connected to environment and paints nature in vibrant colours to create visual rhythms.
Emirati artist Dr Najat Meky lives and works in Dubai. Born in the UAE in 1956, Meky was the first Emirati woman to be granted government scholarship to study art abroad. She has exhibited extensively in the region, including at Sharjah Art Museum in 2011, which also produced a comprehensive publication on her work. On an international level, Dr Meky has participated in numerous prestigious art events around the world such as the fourth International Beijing Biennial (2010); the China International Sculpture Symposium (2008); the International Art Festival in Korea and the Middle East (2010); and the Teheran International Biennial.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the artist’s award at the Arab Woman Awards (2013); the UAE Award of Culture and Arts (2008); the Al Owais Award of Culture and Science (1994); the first edition of the Sharjah Biennial Award (1993); and an award from the first Al Ain Plastic Arts Exhibition (1991).
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 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.
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.”
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.