Fourth season of the region’s largest affordable art retail fair promises the most eclectic and international collection of works from more than 300 artists and galleries from 25-plus countries
Artworks including award-winning showcases, bold new techniques, ancient traditions and an array of unique media will be available from USD100 to USD20,000
inning showcases, bold new techniques, ancient traditions and an array of unique media will be available from USD100 to USD20,000
Dubai, UAE – 12 April 2018: Artists and galleries from all over the world are Dubai-bound this month for the fourth edition of World Art Dubai – the Middle East’s only regional affordable art fair.
The flagship event of Dubai Art Season, this year will see an assortment of up-and-coming artists and galleries from five continents and 25 countries flying into the country to exhibit their latest works, with World Art Dubai showcasing the finest emerging talent from the cosmopolitan melting pot of the UAE; domestic artists comprise approximately 30 per cent of the 300-plus artists and galleries at the fair, which runs 18-21 April at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
From the UK to the People’s Republic of Korea (South Korea), Peru to Denmark, and Germany to the USA, the world’s emerging artists and galleries will touch down in Dubai for a four-day art fair which continues to grow year-on-year. In total, more than 4,000 original contemporary artworks will fill the fair’s largest-ever space at DWTC, where talent from India and Japan will house their works in dedicated national pavilions.
On the sidelines of the core exhibition, a jam-packed World Art Dubai itinerary also features exclusive talks, interactive workshops, live music, food trucks and family-friendly activations.
“In a city where major international events are part of the social DNA, World Art Dubai has forged a reputation for offering something truly unique,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events, DWTC. “The fair continues to expand every year, which underlines the UAE public’s unwavering appetite for affordable and accessible art, as well as Dubai’s standing as one of the world’s leading cultural and creative hubs.”
Hailing from Lebanon, Aramé Art Gallery and WhiteSpace Gallery are among the international galleries confirmed for this year’s show, with the former re being the first ever gallery to open in Armenia and representing seven Armenian masters. It will showcase canvases averaging around USD7,000 and inspired by Armenian fairytales, peaceful village life and Oriental dreams, while the latter will be selling everything from contemporary paintings to modern sculptures. Other international galleries of note includeJackson Events (France), Studio 3 Art Gallery (India), WBC Gallery (India); Mihyo Art Gallery (Korea), Matchboox Gallery (Macedonia) and Boogie Gallery (Russia).
As for individual artists, culture vultures can look out for upcoming and established names, including international award-winning artist Shreya Mehta who will be debuting her Liquid Tapestries. With hyper-realistic depictions of decorative rugs saturated in sophisticated floral arrangements and patterns, the New-York based artist makes use of vibrant hues and unique colour selections to put her own spin on Indian carpets. Other award-winning artists present at this year’s show include Beatriz Elorza from Spain – winner of Young Masters Alumna (London), Ibero-American Arts Award (London) and The Red Dot Award (New York), as well as French scriptwriter Annik Le Page, who was awarded the Silver Medal of Merit in recognition of her contribution to French art.
After a hiatus, Mika Yajima returned to World Art Dubai in 2017 and is back again this year with a brand-new collection. Utilising a technique from ancient times, and referred to as “Sprang”, artworks are crafted from gold thread made by craftsmen in Kyoto using washi paper and 23.44k gold leaf. Ranging from around USD400 – USD2,450, all of Yajima’s artworks make use of natural fibres including plant fibre and paper for a natural, authentic feel.
Martin Lima, a Cannes International Film Festival award winner for Best Swedish Artist and Film Director, will showcase his multidisciplinary talents at World Art Dubai. For those looking to scrub up on their photography skills, Fu Wenjun from China is introducing his brand-new art style – Digital Pictorial Photography – to Dubai. Integrating traditional Chinese art with the latest digital photography technology, Fu’s works blur the line between photography and paintings.
Don’t miss out on Jeff Murray (UK), Leila Kanso (Lebanon), Shazia Imran (Australia), Sheinina Raj (Canada), Gina Plunder (Germany), Manish Sharma (India) and Ernest Donza (Zimbabwe), who are all also very much in the mix.
“I’ve been exhibiting at World Art Dubai since 2015, so I’ve seen first-hand the incredible degree to which the show has evolved into one of the region’s biggest and most respected international art fairs,” says Jeff Murray. “I’ve travelled to Hong Kong, Singapore, New York and all around the world with my artworks, yet World Art Dubai is always one of my most successful shows. What’s more, the wealth of talent onsite is both inspiring and humbling, and I can’t wait to return this year for another amazing four days!”
Regional Artists and Galleries
Representing the UAE art scene, the region’s most popular galleries will set-up shop, including: The Art Cocoon Gallery, Art Plus Gallery, Noon Art Gallery, 5 Art Gallery and Create Hub Gallery. Also on site will be the artists from ArtSmiley Gallery who will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the smallest piece of miniature art, while also introducing artists from India, Bahrain and the UAE to showcase abstract, figurative, landscape and cityscape paintings.
UAE-based artists represented at World Art Dubai include Serena Singh, Raja Segar, Ali Al Yaaqubi, Luis Fuentes, Anca Stefanescu and Naima Karim. Be sure to look out for Kristel Bechara, whose limited edition curation of 25 works of art cover everything from ballerinas to superheroes and are priced at an affordable USD500-USD1,000, while you’ll also be certain to fall in love with the works of Emily Gordon, who executes startlingly modern and colourful mixed media paintings consisting of multiple layers of acrylic paint, paraffin, resin, gold and silver leaf.
If you’re after something a little different, Mariska and Marita of the Dubai-based Design by Mariska are currently raising awareness around the issue of excess rubbish by wearing their household watste for the 30-days in the run up to World Art Dubai. Be sure head down to the event to check out how they got on.
World Art Dubai 2018 is open from 2pm to 9pm from Wednesday 18th April to Saturday 21st April and tickets cost AED25 on site and AED20 online. For more information, please visit www.worldartdubai.com