i submitted my painting Farewell My Love for ImagineFx's 50th Anniversary magazine cover competition. I know there are alot of digital artists world wide, but i said to myself "be positive" and i am glad that i was. Although i didn't win but at least i made it as one of the published entries, so thank you imaginefx for such an honor :)
i would like to announce the launch of http://emiratiartists.blogspot.com it is dedicated to all the people who are interested in knowing the emirati artists and what they are about from thoughts and issues to sample of art works.
If you are an emirati and an artist and you would like to join the blog? please send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org so you can become a member :)
i found a really nice article in www.thenational.ae it was talking about the Emirati Artists and their needs. i loved the article and i thought i should share it with everyone :)
here is my best part of it all! “There is help from the Government but it is very recent and it is almost solely financial,” said Jalal Luqman, part-owner of the Ghaf Gallery in Abu Dhabi and a participant in Talking Art lecture series. “Proper support from the Government would mean Emirati art hanging in the lobbies of hotels, Emirati sculptures decorating the Corniche and Emirati architectural designs being used for construction projects.” Mr Luqman, whose works breach taboos by showing violence and nudity, urged more recognition for Emirati artists. “I would also like to see someone recognising our needs as artists and subsequently provide studio space or sponsoring trips abroad to widen our horizons,” he said. “I have been through hard times of selling my possessions to pay for exhibitions; now I need that money to be spent in a more productive way.”
The National Newspaper Last Updated: August 22. 2009 12:14AM UAE / August 21. 2009 8:14PM GMT
There is much to experience socially during Ramadan beyond iftars. Shops, spas and art galleries have special shows or deals timed for the holiday. Here’s a selection:
Fashion suhoors at Soirée: The Dubai boutique is hosting weekly showcases of abayas, jalabiyas, shalwar kameez and evening dresses for Ramadan and Eid. You can browse new collections for the holiday by designers such as Mehdi, Maheen Karim and Wafa Saifi, and enjoy refreshments in a Ramadan tent. Every Tuesday starting in September at 8pm, Villa No 11, main Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, 04 349 4995
S*uce’s Ramadan Shopathon: The annual event will showcase the latest fashions by more than 20 emerging local and regional designers at stands outside the Village Mall shop. (There will also be a small stand in the Marina Mall store in Abu Dhabi.) Watch for works by Essa, Nadine Kanso, SugarVintage, Jake&Gigi, Chamaille, Petite Marie and more. September 10-11, 7.30pm-1am at the Village Mall location, Dubai, 04 344 7270
Ramadan Art Bazaar at Ghaf Gallery: Works by a group of artists, curated by Sumayyah al Suwaidi. Starting August 23 and running until September 7, Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, 02 665 5332The Farjam Collection’s Ramadan exhibition: The gallery is hosting its inaugural exhibition with “The Holy Quran”, a collection of rare Qurans, including one copied by the 19th-century female calligrapher, Omm-e-Salameh; as well as a remarkable scroll containing the entire Quran. DIFC, Gate Village 4, 04 323 0303
SensAsia Urban Spa offer: You’ll get 20 per cent off your treatments for 12 months if you open up a spa account (a deposit of Dh1,000) during Ramadan. The Village, Jumeirah Beach Road, 04 349 8850, or at The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 422 7115Footprints spa offer: Free half-hour back or foot massages with any treatment you book during Ramadan and Eid. Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 7375
Saks Fifth Avenue contest: If you spend Dh5,000 at their Dubai stores from August 22 to September 20, you’ll get the chance to win a trip for two to Six Senses Destination Spa in Phuket, Thailand.
Hey All :) thanks to Tashkeel for giving me the opportunity of exhibiting my work in Berlin :)
Here is a close up of my painting (trapped), thanks to Rebecca who actually took the pictures :)
if you would like to see more please join Tashkeel Gallery's group on facebook.
Tashkeel exhibition "Emarati Visions" held at the Major German Bank designed by Frank Ghery.
Exhibiting Artists:• Abeer Tahlak• Alia Alshamsi • Alia al Sanad • Fatma Al mulla • Hind Mezaina • Hussain al Numairy• Khalid Mezaina • Maitha Demaithan • Mona Al Gurg• Omran Al Owais• Sumayyah Al Suwaidi Artwork by Sumayyah Al SuwaidiPhoto Taken by Rebecca Rendell
Finally His Excellency Dr. Zaki Nusseibeh on the far left smiling at my painting and on the right in the middle His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan and far right His Highness Sheikh Suroor Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan smiling at me, i was actually standing beside my painting but because of the cameras and the press that were surrounding us you can't really see me.
thanks to ADACH whom without we the Emirati artists wouldn't have been at the Venice Biennale for the UAE & ADACH pavilion. it was simply an amazing experience! i learnt so much and all i wanted to do is to work on my paintings while i was there! but unfortunately i didn't have my laptop and tablet with me :(
this picture was taken the minute Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon entered the ADACH pavilion.
a group picture of the UAE delegation before the opening reception :)
the Emirati artist Jalal Luqman with Peter Cleaves the CEO of Emirates Foundation & his wife at the Venice Biennale.
Dr. Frauke & her husband David standing behind her at the ADACH Pavilion
the Egyptian pavilion was my favorite, when i entered and saw these huge men sculptures bending down to greet me, i was stunned!!! i just fell in love immediately :)
this is the coffee shop in the lobby of the hotel, i just loved their cafe latte! ummmh! :) in this picture we girls were discussing the idea of going shopping because i was missing shoes to wear for the uae pavilion opening reception and alia al shamsi needed batteries for her camera! finally the rest of the girls went to the Biennale and alia and i went shopping :)
here, Emirati artist Ali Al Abdan was listening to our tour guide, who was talking to us about the history of Venice :)
Emirati artist Dr. Najat Makki is such a wonderful human being! she is one of the masters of art in the UAE, so it was an hour sitting next to her at the breakfast table :)
the renowned Emirati artists, Jalal Luqman & Abdulaqader Al Rayes, enjoying a delicious breakfast at the terrace of the hotel.
i was lucky enough to be walking through the hotel corridor to see our group sitting in the lobby, so i took the opportunity to take this photo, i really like it :)
yesterday was the finale of emirati expressions, it was simply amazing!
we had live performances by faiza mubarak and dr. najat makki as workshops with kids and adults and wasel safwan was on his feet from 5 pm till 10 pm painting live infornt of a huge audience :)
i personally got to meet so many art lovers and had the chance to spend few minutes with most of them but the best part of the finale is when the emirati hip hop group desert heat started singing the crowd went crazy!!!! i went crazy!!! clapping, singing and nodding! LOL!! :) by the way i also got the chance to take a picture with them :) check out their website http://desertheatarabia.com/site
anyway, i am sad that the exhibition had to end coz it was like my second home, i really hope i get to participate next year.
thanks to TDIC for organizing it, and a special thanks to ART CONNECTION for inviting me to participate.
i would like to announce that i will be participating in Emirati Expressions Art Exhibition that will be happening on the 20th of January in Emirates Palace, it's going to be an exhibition that never happened before so i hope to see you all there :)
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi & Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Emirati Expressions is a celebration of artistic diversity in the United Arab Emirates. Tourism Development & Investment Company present a comprehensive collection of traditional and contemporary work by Emirati artists, representing many generations. You'll see painting, photography, sculpture, graphic design, video, installations and calligraphy curated by Anne Baldassari, Director of the Musée National Picasso, Paris. The exhibition captures the "movement of thought" at the intersection of cultures and influences. It's a rare opportunity to appreciate art straight from the Emirati heart. And you're invited. Gallery One, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi 20 January - 16 April 2009 www.artsabudhabi.com