Afshan Khan’s composition Daydream.
Muhammad Yusuf, Features Writer
Art lovers are being treated to some of the best art produced in the city at the curated exhibition A Journey Through Creativity (Sept. 15 — 17), with Dubai International Art Centre (DIAC) exhibiting artworks from 30 local artists in The H Dubai’s hotel lobby. Artists participating in the exhibition are pioneers of sorts, creating artwork that are new in the newly emerging UAE art scene. They are also veterans of various group art exhibitions in the Emirates and internationally, with successful shows at DIAC.The works on display range from stimulating landscapes and portraits to serene still lifes along with expressive abstracts.
They involve a wide range of artistic expression, from traditional painting to abstract contemporary art, which come alive in oils, acrylics, watercolours, inks, drawings, and mixed media.The exhibition was inaugurated by Walter Shcerb, Founder, Power Horse, Dr. Ishha Farha Quraishy (Mrs Universe 2019/Mrs UAE United Nations 2022) and Bijendar Singh (Consul & Labour, Consulate General of India, Dubai), in the presence of art promoter Sultana Kazim and Emirati artist Rukni.
Participating artists are Anjini Prakash Laitu, Alem Goshime, Afshan Khan, Alia Amin, Akanksha Kshatriya, Afsheen Beig, Beena Samuel, Diyali Sen Bhalla, Fahmida Papri, Jurgita K Foster, Mehboobeh Goshtasb Shanavaz, Mahnaz Rafiq Javid, Mariam Khawer, Narmeen Zain, Nahida Beshara, Pari Sagar, Razan Hamad, Rooma Eejaz, Roza Akhlaghi, Reshma Parikh, Shakila Abossedgh, Sabah Anees, Susmitha Dhruva, Sandeep Soni, Safa Peshimam, Shilpi Dabral, Tuma Roy Banerjee, Thamara Noori, Dr. Wesham Mamdouh and Zeina Zaki. Safa Peshimam’s Van Gogh Twist is an abstract painting that is a fusion of Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic style saturated with vibrant colours that finds home in the United Arab Emirates skyline.
Diyali Sen Bhalla’s abstract work titled Truth.
“Through this evolving imagery,” Anees adds, “the pink painting invites contemplation, encouraging viewers to embrace their own personal journeys of self-discovery and evolution. It serves as a reminder that, much like the artwork itself, we are all in a constant state of flux, forever rising and evolving.”Pari Sagar’s mixed media work Window to the Soul is a mandala in a modern form. “It is where your thoughts are moving in and out,” says Sagar. “For me, art creates a bridge towards positive health, lower stress levels and promotes well being, relaxing the mind,” says Sagar. Afshan Khan introduces two artworks: Ashoka Stambh and Daydream. The Ashoka Stambh stands for power, courage, confidence and pride and is mounted on a circular base. It features Asiatic lions standing back-to-back on a single block of yellow sandstone.
Pari Sagar’s mixed media composition titled Window to the soul.
Sabah Anees’s artwork titled Rising, with vibrant pink dominating.
Safa Peshimam’s artwork titled Van Gogh Twist.
It is a premier centre for arts education in Dubai, offering the community over 80 different art courses and workshops, language courses and gallery exhibitions. DIAC organises art events and exhibitions in house and in different venues of Dubai. Its events are well attended and respected and inaugurated by prominent personalities from Dubai and abroad. Recently, it hosted a successful Art Festival at Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel in Port Rashid.
Begum’s work will explore the interaction of light, colour and form in dialogue with OMA’s Concrete, responding to the building’s architectural conversation with light and form, captured in its minimalist lines.
The 4-day art event will conclude on March 12. It is the region’s largest contemporary art fair; it has returned with more than 4,000 artworks.
The event is part of Dubai’s ongoing digital transformation initiative, which aims to boost the city’s artistic and creative landscape and reinforce its position as a global hub for cultural innovation.
Many of her works reflect the energy she feels at a certain moment in time. It literally spills onto the canvas. She started her career as an artist in Russia, but, as she proudly points out, lives and paints in Dubai now.
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