Kathryn Ryan | A Quiet Place : Paintings & Drawings 1995 - 2015

Capsule Arts artist Kathryn Ryan is the subject of a new survey exhibition opening on 18 July, 6pm, at the Warrnambool Art Gallery in her native Australia.

Kathryn was based in the UAEfrom 2008 - 2014 and is now currently dividing her time between Dubai and Australia. The upcoming exhibition brings together works from her time living in the UAE alongside her landscape paintings of the vast Australian landscape, and spans her artistic practice from 1995 - 2015.

Bluestone Magazine recently published an article on Kathryn's studio practice and upcoming survey exhibition, A Quiet Place, which you can read now here.

Kathryn is inspired by the quality of light, mood and atmosphere found in her surroundings. While in Australia, she has spent many years painting the South Victorian landscapes, with the gnarled and wintry trees serving as a source of inspiration

In Dubai the focus of her practice changed from expansive landscape views to the intimate details of nature, light and shadow found in her local environment, from the plant life to the intricately patterned shadows cast by ornate Arabic lanterns.  She explains: "I was searching for the beauty in nature in urban Dubai".

Capsule Arts offers a range of limited edition art prints of Kathryn's works made in the UAE, all available to buy online HERE.


Ramadan Kareem!

Capsule Arts wishes you and your family a blessed holy month of Ramadan.

We're pleased to announce that all three limited edition art prints in Emirati artist Khalid Mezaina's series, 5 Times a Day will be included as part of 'Reflections', an exhibition that explores notions of reflection during the holy month of Ramadan. UAE-based artists reclaim local materials and spaces to create works that encourage an introspective approach towards the local and the present.

Inspired by the spirit of Ramadan, the exhibition redefines the boundaries of personal and social spaces and proposes an alternative way of looking at one’s surroundings. It offers a space that explores these notions. From raw materials found in the UAE to suspended moments of worship and spirituality along the many highways of Dubai, the collection of work promises a much-needed pause during Ramadan.

Exhibiting artists are: JZ Aamir, Maitha Abdulla, Reem Falaknaz, Rand Abdul Jabbar, Zeinab Al Hashimi, Khalid Mezaina, Latifa Saeed, Saher Oliver Samman and Mohamed Somji.

Held in Emaar's popular Ramadan tent on the Downtown Boulevard in Dubai. The tent will run from 18 June till the end of Ramadan. As well as having some fantastic art relating to Islamic culture on show, Emaar's Ramadan tent offers a perfect place for families and friends to gather during Ramadan, with its blend of Islamic Art and Arabian hospitality.

All three prints in Khalid's series are available to purchase here: 5 Times a Day #15 Times a Day #2 5 Times a Day #3

5 times a day combo
5 times a day combo

Khalid often reflects on Arabic culture and everyday life in his art, and last year we collaborated with the talented artist to bring out a special charitable art print for Ramadan, Porta Mosque.

Khalid Mezaina, Porta Mosque, 2014, Courtesy the artist and Capsule Arts
Khalid Mezaina, Porta Mosque, 2014, Courtesy the artist and Capsule Arts

The piece was inspired by the UAE's many temporary mosque structures that can be found at construction sites and around the Emirates. 25% of proceeds from each sale go to The Big Heart Campaign, a UAE charity for Syrian refugee children.