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.

 

Meet Nasir Nasrallah

Artist Nasir Nasrallah
Artist Nasir Nasrallah

Nasir Nasrallah creates his own worlds. Using greyscale photographs and images, he draws over them with crayons of every colour, changing concrete into oceans, electrical wires into festival lights and phone booths into living creatures. Little by little he brings life and colour into everyday objects and recreates every childhood fantasy.

He has a style that retains a childlike curiosity and playfulness. Crayon lines remain rough and raw and Nasrallah refuses to colour within the boundaries of objects. Melanchology drawings of women sitting at windows of multi-colour frames, fish that swim in the air and smiling suns commonly repeat themselves across his different works.

Black and White Stories by Nasir Nasrallah
Black and White Stories by Nasir Nasrallah

For Nasrallah, making art is about experimenting with and synthesizing materials. His work is a highly personal response to his environment, the people and places that he comes across. He wishes to communicate his inner life to the viewer for his art is a direct result of his thoughts, feelings and desires. Nasrallah also has a habit of collecting found items such as toys, small consumer items, buttons, paper, wood and pieces of hardware, which he incorporates into his work.

Illustrations by Nasir Nasrallah
Illustrations by Nasir Nasrallah

Nasrallah has a Bachelor of English in Telecommunication Engineering from Khalifa University in Sharjah and attended art courses at the Emirates Fine Arts Society whilst participating in exhibitions inside and outside the UAE. Including the Annual Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Art Society and the Cairo Biannual in 2006. Nasrallah currently holds the position of Vice President of Emirates Fine Art Society and is an Ambassador for the UAE Board on Books for Young People. He has also participated in the 2013 Sharjah Biennial and 2013 Art Dubai, and he is the founder of “The Little Studio” publishing company.

Nasir Nasrallah's studio in Sharjah
Nasir Nasrallah's studio in Sharjah

For his artwork in Capsule Arts limited edition art prints, Nasir Nasrallah will be featuring works from his Black and White Stories collection available to purchase at capsulearts.com, for more details about his featured artworks and the launch collection sign up here.

 

Meet Mohammad Al Qassab

Artist Mohammad Al Qassab
Artist Mohammad Al Qassab

Mohammad Al Qassab creates art that defies order and preconceived ideas of colour. Through his work Mohammad’s abstract creations create multiple horizons of white and intense color that create grid like structures of expanding and contracting spaces and vibrations.

For Mohammad, colour takes on a different meaning and significance from one culture to the next in accordance to customs and ways of handling them. Preconceived ideas of how colours should be coupled and placed are turned over in favor of spontaneity and intuition.

Mohammad Al Qassab's studio in Sharjah
Mohammad Al Qassab's studio in Sharjah

At first glance, his work appears chaotic and haphazard, but within chaos there is structure. Circles, squares, lines, dots and other non-specific forms appear whether or not the movement is spontaneous. With atom-like quality the brush strokes converge to create shapes of their own, altering the density of each intersecting space and line.

Mohammad Al Qassab's artworks in the Emirates Fine Art Societies 31st Annual exhibition in February 2013
Mohammad Al Qassab's artworks in the Emirates Fine Art Societies 31st Annual exhibition in February 2013

Mohammad Al Qassab is a member of the Emirates Fine Art Society and is an active member of the board, keen to support upcoming artists of the UAE. He resides and works in Sharjah and has participated in exhibitions within the UAE and abroad such as Kuwait, Bahrain, Korea, Italy, India and much more.

For his artwork in Capsule Arts limited edition art prints, Mohammad Al Qassab will be featuring his abstract paintings from his 2009 and 2013 collections available to purchase at capsulearts.com, for more details about his featured artworks and the launch collection sign up here.