Art Exhibition atDubai International Art Centre
Art lovers in Dubai will be treated to some of the finest abstract art produced in the city as six internationally and locally groomed artists come together in a rare Abstract Art Exhibition. The two-week long exhibition, called 6 Degrees of Abstraction, is set to premier at Gallery 76 on Saturday 13th April 6.00pm in Dubai International Art Centre and will run through Saturday 27 April, 2013.
The six artists have pioneered abstract art exhibitions in the Middle East with successful solo shows, and now come together at Dubai International Art Centre (DIAC). The fantastic collaboration has resulted in a beautiful collection of paintings, sculptures, and installation art that express the forward-looking spirit of Dubai. Ayesha Chen McKeever, Chairperson at the Dubai International Art Centre, said 'Part of Dubai's identity depends on the diversity of people living here. And that is what's so compelling about this collaboration. It is a statement and reflection of the fact that we all have our lives here. Strictly speaking, it is art that belongs to a local context and hence is a critical and necessary engagement with Dubai and its people. All these artists come together to create a unique and richly varied expression.'
The exhibits are, no doubt, instantly engrossing and provoking. In addition to showcasing absolutely stunning works by NidalKhaddour, Jessy Khoury, Hiba Helewa, Jeff Scofield, Sahar Abdelaliem and Shahla Mojarradi; 6 Degrees of Abstraction fires up an exciting debate on the contemporary art scene in Dubai and sets some new ambitions for the future.
For artists as well as audiences, 6 Degrees of Abstraction is about challenging the stereotype and the perception that contextualizes contemporary art and culture in Dubai in a very commercial sense. Questions Sahar Abdelaliem; 'What is contemporary art beyond being a commodity that is bought? The answer to this question is a critical one. I am not concerned about how many artworks are sold. Art has to create its own science, its own dialogues and avenues for discussion and debate. 6 Degrees of Abstraction is an attempt to start this dialogue.'
Shahla Mojarradi believes, 'The contemporary culture of Dubai is still emerging and requires the participation of culture makers. It cannot happen overnight, as it's a slow organic process. In other countries there are quite established avenues for culture. To import these as a commodity is the difference between buying a readymade identity and building one that is unique'.
Jeff Scofield amplifies this, saying 'People must understand what collecting and buying art is about.The art scene has diminished in the UAE during the current Great Recession, with art galleries closing and the market drying up. Artwork being offered has become a bit more conservative than in the past, and more 'formulaire.' We hope to see more innovative work being offered in Dubai and the UAE. Positive examples of local innovators, like the conceptual artist Hassan Sharif, are an inspiration to me, and I hope more artists will express themselves as freely as he does. Art as an economic and cultural sector has got to be more resilient to the changing economy and periods of uncertainty.'
Jessy Khoury is a feminist artist who states; 'Art must celebrate all that women have achieved, and we are making great strides in Dubai. Today feminism is defined by endless theories, contradictory or not, and women have come a long way as generations have passed. Identity is not to be compromised neither are women's goals and aspirations. Art is a means of expressing empowering thoughts, including a world of powerful women surrounding and embracing the public in daily life.'
Hiba Helewa stresses, 'Local awareness about producing art in the UAE requires an effort by everybody and in particular the media and government. Especially now, as both artists and society are seeking new ways of making and engaging with art. More opportunities must be made available for local and regional artists that will place them in a wider local and international network.'
Besides producing art collectively at Dubai International Art Centre, the six artists also work individually on their own personal expressions. The artists participating in the 6 Degrees of Abstraction art exhibition at Gallery 76include:
Nidal KhaddourBorn in 1979, Nidal Khaddour is a son of Homs, the quiet simple Syrian city.Nidal graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Sculpture, Damascus. He has had several group exhibitions in Syria between 1996 and 2003. Nidal now lives in the United Arab Emirates, where he is working in the field of art education. In the constant search for beauty, beautiful sensations, peace of mind, power and the impact of colors, Nidal considers himself interested in color more than details. Nature is colorful, sensations are colorful, life in all its details is colorful.
We feel happy, angry, sad, love, in all colors. In Nidal's paintings, nature takes you to different worlds,sadness has taught him the meaning of true happiness.
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Sahar AbdelaliemSahar Abdelaliem was born in1971 and raised in Egypt. She has a Bachelor's Degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Alexandria, where she studied graphic design, screen printing and relief printing (wood cut and lino cut). Sahar has been living in Sharjah for 10 years and recently moved to Abu Dhabi. Childhood had a great influence in her artistic life, being brought up in a family of great artists and playing piano. She had exciting and interesting times by the seashore in Alexandria, all that was translated in her memories. Studying graphic design led her to pay attention to details, lines and textures. Now she has transferred that vision using simple gouache techniques in special forms and colors.
Shahla MojarradiBorn in Iran, Shahla Mojarradi was brought up in India and is currently living in the United Arab Emirates with her family. She completed her Bachelors in Fine Arts(Chandigarh) and Masters in Fine Arts (Banaras) in India majoring in Portraiture. She enjoyed working as an art teacher for more than 10 years in India and in the UAE, letting go of it to become a full time artist from the beginning of 2012. Shahlaen joys creating art works of the positive impressions around her. She is passionately inspired by nature- the simple shape of leaves and flowers and animals. She spends a lot of time contemplating the deeper meanings of concepts such as life, change, prayer and sacrifice, which she shares in her paintings.
Jeff SchofieldJeff Scofield is a right-handed American artist who migrated to Dubai 10 years ago. Jeff has extensive experience in a number of artistic fields ranging from modern architecture through to Chinese brush painting which he studied under Oriental masters in Paris and Dubai. After obtaining a master of architecture degree at Columbia University in New York, he studied art at the Beaux Arts in Paris, and, more recently, has taken up sculpture at the Dubai International Art Centre.Unlike most artists, Jeff uses discarded waste material from construction sites to create absolutely fascinating paintings.Sustainable aspects of recycling are important to him, because this is an increasingly critical part of life today. Jeff's approach is based on restraint. Hence, he recycles construction wastes such as wire, plywood, jute fabric, steel cables,metal mesh and plaster, and mixes them with paint to create abstract compositions. Discipline and rigor are the master words for Jeff's unique approach to art. His paintings are an unbeatable combination of the ethical and aesthetic.
Jessy KhouryA proud Lebanese feminist whose art is largely informed by resilience and inner strength of all women alike,JessyKhoury is an unstoppable force of talent and strength. She evokes those traits in every masterpiece she produces. She is a proud mother of three and has been notorious for her cleverness both right and left brained. She enjoys depicting themes centered on the power of women. In her work, Jessy celebrates all that women have achieved, whether they are mothers, daughters, wives, workaholics, devoutly faithful, spiritual, intellectual, or all of the above. Today feminism is defined by endless theories, contradictory or not, women have come a long way as generations have passed. Identity is not to be compromised neither are women's goals and aspirations. A visit to see Jessy's art is the equivalent to a stroll in a museum dedicated to her empowering thoughts and a world of powerful women surrounding and embracing you with every step you take.
Hiba HelewaHiba is a 28 year old artist, born and raised in Jordan, currently living and working in UAE. During the past 6 years, Hiba enjoyed doing and expanding her artwork by looking into new creative ways to express her inner thoughts. In her artistic journey she has exhibited her work in various elite galleries in Jordan, and has been asked to join numerous online websites to share her work. Every brush stroke, perfect or imperfect, is the inner voice creating the symphony of every abstract piece she engineers. Hiba aims for harmony and strives to bring her work to life.She uses acrylicand enjoys colors but never fails to diversify. Hiba's work is inspired by her complex perception of life and humanity.
6 Degrees of Abstractionwill run through Saturday 27 April. For more information about Gallery 76 and Dubai International Art Centre visit: