Meet Perryhan El-Ashmawi

Perryhan El-Ashmawi in her studio in Bahrain
Perryhan El-Ashmawi in her studio in Bahrain

Perryhan El-Ashmawi works with a post-modern approach by placing her subjects within an intensely coloured and ornamented surface.  She merges pop culture with a rather traditional painting technique, creating an ‘eye-candy’ that is aesthetically pleasing to the viewer. By doing so, Perryhan’s artwork plays on society’s insatiable need to impress the public with pleasing depictions.

Perryhan works with large-scale dimensions mainly treated with oil paint, but are often interrogated with spray paint and stenciling techniques. Graphic and graffiti illustrative work are a few examples of urban art that has influence in her artistic style.

Paintings by Perryhan El-Ashmawi in her studio
Paintings by Perryhan El-Ashmawi in her studio

Perryhan El Ashmawi was born in Bahrain in 1988 to Egyptian parents. In 2009 she attained a BA in Fine Art from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, majoring in Painting and Drawing.

Installation view of 'The Leap' exhibited in Bahrain
Installation view of 'The Leap' exhibited in Bahrain

She has held exhibitions in Bahrain, UAE and Canada. She was also fortunate to showcase for the 39th Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition.  Perryhan is a member of The Tashkeel Arts Group and Bahrain’s Art Society, where she participates in various artist-led workshops.

Whether or not Perryhan’s artistry rises to an international level of stardom as she envisions, she is certain that art will always be a lifetime passion.

This Autumn Capsule Arts will launch a set of limited edition art prints by Perryhan El-Ashmawi that will be available to purchase at capsulearts.com, for more details about her featured artworks and the launch collection sign up here.

 

Meet Noush like Sploosh

Noush like Sploosh in her Dubai studio
Noush like Sploosh in her Dubai studio

Noush Like Sploosh is a songwriter, visual artist and filmmaker. She believes that if the medium is the message then one must have access to many mediums to adequately communicate the complexities of the human experience. This belief is what has led her to explore and experiment throughout her artistic career and allowed her to discover the mysterious connections between each craft.

Through interdisciplinary art Noush is leading storytelling back to its glory days. Her art is mixed with scientific diagrams, principles of physics, biology and the nuances of Victorian engravings. Within her artwork one can find influences of the Victorian era and turn of the century circuses integrated with found-object art and site-specific installations.

Noush like Sploosh's creative process
Noush like Sploosh's creative process

A little prop-building here, a screen print there, animating her intricate sketches to storyboarding a music video - an ideal day in the studio often sees her experimenting within different mediums engaging in the constant study of the connection between things, disciplines and how we learn.

Noush’s work deals with the cyclical narrative philosophy which states that there is no beginning or end. Instead everything works in spirals and as a result the past holds as much weight as the present.

Magpie screenprints drying in the studio
Magpie screenprints drying in the studio

Her stop-motion animated music video, 3 Act Circus, was nominated for Best Foreign Short at the AniMazing Spotlight festival in California, and was screened at the Gold Lions festival in Swaziland, as well as the Gulf Film Festival, Dubai. It also aired on MTV India, Dubai One and NHK Japan.

Noush received her BFA from Concordia University, Montreal and has a background in theatre design and film animation. She currently works independently out of her studio in Dubai.

This Autumn Capsule Arts will launch a set of limited edition art prints by Noush Like Sploosh that will be available to purchase at capsulearts.com, for more details about her featured artworks and the launch collection sign up here.

 

Meet Nivedita Saha

Nivedita Saha in her studio in Dubai
Nivedita Saha in her studio in Dubai

Nivedita Saha’s work is inspired by the mutation of humans. Her work approaches subjects through a deeper human psyche, strange portrayal of creature’s sometimes grotesque, forms as if in fluid motion, in an array of patterns, shapes and suspended spaces that seem to expand and contract. She believes that we as humans are in constant mutation, changing all the time under the influence of people, surroundings, space and time.

Nivedita’s work explores portraits of people she has known over a period of time, depicted in a world where everything seems possible, like dreams, they are born from real anxieties and experiences. She captures the dark whimsical melancholy of her subjects, approaching them like a child would; unbiased, honest and surreal, yet close to reality. Her paintings are a reflection of what experiences and environment imprints on the soul and body. Above all it is her way of communicating with humanity at large.

Nivedita etches her drawings ready for printmaking
Nivedita etches her drawings ready for printmaking

She calls herself a Visual Story Teller. She says, Art is her habit and like a sponge she is porous, constantly absorbing inspiration from everyday life, people, personal experiences and stories that touch or move her.

Daily drawings are a part of her studio routine
Daily drawings are a part of her studio routine

Nivedita’s journey towards an artistic career was not an easy one. Juggling responsibilities with trying to support her family and at the same time pursue a life of artistic passion, it wasn’t until Nivedita had achieved success in the field of Advertising and IT over a decade that she finally had the opportunity to become a fulltime Artist.

Having moved to the Middle East she has followed her passion for fine arts and found a foothold in the art world. She says, “There’s no retirement for an artist, it’s a way of life with no end in sight, only a path to follow”.

Her body of work involves diverse methods of creating art such as Drawing and illustration, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture. With a signature style, her art is conceptual and meaningful. For her, communicating with the audience through her work will mean that she can call herself an artist.

Nivedita's studio in Dubai
Nivedita's studio in Dubai

Born in Mumbai in 1972, Nivedita got a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir J. J. School of Arts in Mumbai, India and spent over a decade in Advertising & Communication before pursuing a full time career in Fine Arts. Apart from being a Resident Artist for the Dubai Culture and Art Authorities (Year 2008), she had travelled for Art Residencies in India and Kazakhstan. She has been a visiting artist at the Zayed University for Printmaking (Year 2010), taught workshops at Tashkeel Art Hub, conducted site specific projects with thejamjar Gallery, as a faculty of London Blake college conducted Fine Art Diploma courses at DLC and various other Institutions. Some of her prominent exhibits include Across Boundaries, Vibrations Within, Penang International Print Exhibition, Silent Conversations, The Reflective Mirror, Spectrum, Kaleidoscope, Mawtini and many more.

This Autumn Capsule Arts will launch a set of limited edition art prints by Nivedita Saha that will be available to purchase at capsulearts.com, for more details about her featured artworks and the launch collection sign up here.