In its ninth edition, World Art Dubai, one of Middle East’s largest contemporary retail art fair, is slated to begin on March 9th, 2023. The four-day event that runs till March 12th, showcases art from all over the world. More than 300 local and international exhibitors from around 60 countries are expected to participate.
From a selection of over 4,000 artworks on display, MiddleEastMasala highlights a curated line up of artists and their artworks, that should be on every visitor’s viewing list.
Almudena Angoso Alvarez
Almudena Angoso Alvarez, also known as Tres Ases, works with mixed media (oil, acrylic, gesso textures and collages). Her main subject is the human being represented in many different cultures, lives and stories. Her paintings delve into paradigms, dreams, fears and thoughts as part of her soul’s life experiences. She travels extensively and is currently based in Dubai and brings this slice of her own life, captured on a canvas to WAD called Portraits of the Soul.
Christoph Kuegler, a leading German photography artist and lighting designer, exhibiting his work Infinite Architecture at the fair. The stunning series is a unique visual experience of the imagination of spaceships or megalopolis islands floating between oceans and sky on a virtual planet. In the last two decades, Christoph has lived and worked in both Munich and Guangzhou capturing contemporary large-scale centres of habitation, documenting the development of new central business districts – Zhujiang New Town (north of Pearl river) and Pazhou (south of Pearl river) in Guangzhou. His photography has extended to art, through his architectural images, presented in Infinite Architecture.
Eleonora Lubieniecki is an innovative British artist specialising in both figurative and abstract resin creations. She is well-known for her colourful and controversial pop culture Graffiti Series and also for her opulent iridescent resin sculpture Rorschach Series. In her signature vibrant portraits, Eleonora presents a broad range of works, by provoking people’s unidentified connections to icons, pop culture and capitalist greed. Her art depicts a tongue-in-cheek message about controversial public figures, luxury and excess, inviting her viewers to both critique and buy into the ideas of celebrity, money and fame.
Rahul Inamdar calls himself a cross over artist. Armed with an engineering degree and an MBA and a decade of corporate career in India, Inamdar gave it all up in 2007 to embrace working only on his canvas. Inspiration and reflection stuck while viewing Claude Monet’s Waterlilies at Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris. What followed were years of enquiry into several art forms and learning from art maestros. Now surrendering to intuition, he lets the moment take over as colours emerge through his painting. He was awarded the best artist in World Art 2021.
Koushal Choudhary is a multidimensional artist with a background in art direction and production design for Indian films, television shows, TV commercials and web series. He expresses his feelings of connection with the universe through a series of abstract sculptures and paintings titled Seven States and Seven Body, that will be exhibited at WAD this year. An extensive travel inspired learning in his life has led him to create art from a range of styles, mostly surrounded with powerful and spiritual meanings. Seven States is an expression of his personal journey through the seven stages of the body and mind, spanning from childhood to the current age. These stages, Koushal defines as – waking, unconscious, subconscious, transcendent, cosmic, God and unity. He recognises, in his day-to-day life, the seven states as an integral part of his being, influencing his actions and thoughts, and even his art.
Heidi Willberg grew up in Finland surrounded by the colours and lights of the north. The juxtaposition of the dark Finnish winters and the wonders of the Northern Lights hugely influence her work. The starting point of her paintings is always the exploration of the subject of flowers — their peculiar shapes and vibrant colours that exude both power and energy, triggering in her a way to explore the traditional means of composition in a new way. Her paintings, she says, become a process of action, reaction and reflection and the respective picture is not finished until the intensity of the expression of her inner experience is strong enough. In the end, her work leaves to reflect the universal truths – love, peace, hope, joy and happiness. The colours of her homeland continue to be strong influence in her work.
Jasbir is a self-taught Indian contemporary artist, based in Dubai. His art combines physicality of action painting with fluid gesture and liquid glaze. He works mainly in oils, working through a style that uses a super imposed thin layer of oil paint with final impasto finishes, leading to an artwork in multiple layers. Jasbir says, he strives to show space and depth, by taking viewers on a journey, in and out of these layers and back to the surface, leading to a grand finale. The series on display Altered States, is a celebration of the human imagination and the limitless possibilities of our mind and the growth of space within ourselves. The highlight of this collection is the interweaving of dark and vibrant colours, abstract shapes and the usage of layering to convey depth and illusion.
Sonal Johar is a Dubai-based Indian artist deeply entrenched in promoting Indian traditional art forms such as Pichwai, Madhubani, Lippan, Warli and Gond. Through her art, she endeavours to merge the beauty of these traditional arts of India, with a contemporary take. Her work is largely focused on displaying motifs and patterns which have their own symbolic meaning in the rich and diverse cultural heritage of India. With her brushes and pens, she attempts to give a new lease of life to these motifs by infusing them with intricate designs and patterns. Her work is a reflection of her inner core grounded in her roots, but ready to adapt to a changing environment.
Nour ben Zakour
Nour ben Zakour is a Tunisian architect and artist. She is the co-founder of Muse Concept Design. Her tryst with art begin at a very young age, as she found it the best way to express herself. After having dabbled in several artistic mediums, including pop art, she has now taken a cue from Covid 19 and launched herself in a utopian and a very colourful universe, populated by round shapes inspired by the virus. Her imaginary world with a positive connotation includes the representation of the elephant, an animal whose symbolism is strongly associated with longevity, gentleness, wisdom and sensitivity.