Archive for June, 2014


Each of these butterflies began from observations of Emirati women going about their everyday tasks.

Although the are fully covered in black abaya with a niqab or hijab, sometimes as a casual observer I could catch a glimpse of beauty escaping the cover: a hem of delicate fabric, a shine of an elaborate shoe or extraordinary shades of colour on their eyelids.

The fact that these signs of hidden beauty were unintentionally
revealed was more stimulating than any attractiveness that was free to see from a simple glance. It made me wonder about the women beneath the black material; what are their dreams, ambitions and colours that are hidden from me?

This sketchbook was provided by the Cultural Office of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum at 2014’s Art Dubai event.


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The light  of the orient

Yesterday I went to see very good exhibition of Orientalist from private collection of Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi at Sharjah Art Museum. I have really enjoyed lithographs by Davis Roberts.

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This is a sneak photo from painting workshop at Sharjah Art Foundation earlier today. Great thanks to them and to Professor Philip Sheil – I have really enjoyed it thanks to your teaching style.


sharjah Art fundation workshop

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