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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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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The artists making Arabic calligraphy their own

Tonight from 7pm, a new exhibition of Tunisian-French street artist eL Seed opens at Tashkeel studio hub, showcasing the results of his year-long residency at the creative space. Titled 'Declaration', the exhibition will run until 27 December, and it sees eL Seed take his Arabic calli-graffiti off the walls and into three-dimensions. Talking to Anna Seaman for her recent article for the National, eL Seed says, “This show is a love declaration to calligraphy...It is an ageing art and it deserves to be honoured – this poem perfectly matches that idea.”

Ahead of the opening, here we take a look at some of Capsule Arts' favourite artists creating contemporary Arabic calligraphy, both two and three dimensional...

eL Seed

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elseed combo

Jamal Abdul Rahim

Limited edition prints of Jamal's work are available from Capsule Arts here.

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Jamalcombo
shezad combo
shezad combo

Khalifa El Shimy

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khal
sasan combo
sasan combo
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julian combo
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saleh combo
ghader amer combo
ghader amer combo