Meet artist Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark

A self-portrait of the artist
A self-portrait of the artist

Sudanese artist Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark is one of the featured artists in our second collection of limited edition art prints.

His semi-abstract paintings are filled with light and colour, depicting landscapes that are half-real, half-imagined. The contours of these landscapes are formed from delicate watercolour washes, Elmobark’s preferred medium.

'Landscape 3' by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark, available as a limited edition print from Capsule Arts
'Landscape 3' by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark, available as a limited edition print from Capsule Arts

He explains, "Water colour is my favourite medium for it is both easy and difficult to handle. Difficult because it is very testing and thought-provoking and easy because it is flowing and fluent…it can create an unmatchable purity."

L-R: 'Landscape 1' and 'Landscape 2' by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark, available as a limited edition prints from Capsule Arts
L-R: 'Landscape 1' and 'Landscape 2' by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark, available as a limited edition prints from Capsule Arts

Born and raised in Sudan, the landscape of his native country still serves as a source of inspiration for his art, with the rich, jewel tones of his early childhood always finding their way into his paintings.

The landscapes of Sudan and the UAE serve as inspiration for Elmobark's half-real, half-imagined landscape paintings
The landscapes of Sudan and the UAE serve as inspiration for Elmobark's half-real, half-imagined landscape paintings

Elmobark’s landscapes often include elements of architecture, with buildings and towers grouping together to form towns. These towns appear and disappear into the surrounding landscape and are reminiscent of the communities found in remote locations in the UAE.

Check out our selection of prints of the artist's work here.

Watercolours by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark
Watercolours by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark

Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark has a degree in photography from the College of Fine and Applied Arts in Khartoum, Sudan. He is based in Sharjah and works as a graphic designer at Dubai Municipality. He has exhibited extensively throughout the region and internationally. Selected exhibitions include: Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation, Dubai (2014); Emirates Cultural Festival, Dubai (2003); Art Attack Gallery, Dubai (2007); Majlis Gallery, Dubai (2001); the Bangladesh Biennial (2001); the Sharjah Biennial (1995-1999); and Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation (1999).

Watercolours by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark
Watercolours by Abdelgadir Hassan Elmobark
 

Inspirations: Mohammad Al Qassab at Kempinski Hotel Mall of Emirates

Last year we commissioned Emirati artist Mohammad Al Qassab to create two large-scale paintings for the new Arabic Gallery at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. The hotel wanted the exhibition space to provide a dynamic platform for both art and the UAE's cultural heritage, enhancing the experience of their guests. Al Qassab's vibrant, abstract paintings bring together a range of influences drawn from the Emirates' culture and history. His use of intricate geometric shapes and patterns can be traced back to traditional architecture and a popular local fabric called al Sadu.  These woven textiles convey many different aspects of Bedouin community life, from the nomadic lifestyle to the desert environment. Al Qassab coupled  these elements with a colour palette recalling the Arabian desert at sunset, with  inky black forms sharply silhouetted against fiery reds and oranges.

More information on Mohammad Al Qassab along with a selection of his limited edition prints can be seen on our website.

Clockwise from left: Al Qassab's painting; a detail of Al Sadu fabric; a desert sunset in the UAE
Clockwise from left: Al Qassab's painting; a detail of Al Sadu fabric; a desert sunset in the UAE
Clockwise from top: A detail of Al Sadu fabric; a desert sunset in the UAE; a silhouetted wind tower; a detail of Al Qassab's painting
Clockwise from top: A detail of Al Sadu fabric; a desert sunset in the UAE; a silhouetted wind tower; a detail of Al Qassab's painting
Left to right: Al Sadu fabric; detail of Al Qassab's painting; al Sadu fabric
Left to right: Al Sadu fabric; detail of Al Qassab's painting; al Sadu fabric
Mohammad Al Qassab with his painting in his studio in Sharjah
Mohammad Al Qassab with his painting in his studio in Sharjah
 

The Magazine Shop pop-up

Pop down and see our pop-up shop on Wednesday 24 September at the Magazine Shop in Media City, Dubai.

We'll be there from 11am-7.30pm, giving you the chance to see our collection of limited edition art prints in person. You can also save 10% on selected prints if you buy during the pop-up. Check out the print collection beforehand online here.

For directions to the Magazine Shop click here.