Official opening of Noon Art Boutique Hotel Apartments

February 18, 2014

It’s no secret that I love art. I try to attend as many gallery openings, launches, auctions and exhibitions as I can here in Dubai. Tough life, eh?! What I really love though, is the many uses and facets of art. I’m intrigued when it merges together with design and function because that is when it transforms into something much deeper than aesthetics – more than just a painting adorning a wall. In short, I love when the beauty of art is used in more practical unconventional ways. When I found out about the concept of Noon art boutique, I […]


Live drawing for Dune London event at Meydan Beach

February 14, 2014

Shoes and the beach. My two most favorite things! Any event that combines these is good in my book. And that’s precisely what Apparel Group did on the 28th of Jan, when they hosted an exclusive launch event for Dune shoes London at the luxurious Meydan Beach in JBR. Just look at all those gorgeous shoes and handbags! Mon Dieu!!! C’est magnifique, n’est pas? I was there to do some live sketching of all the guests’ sophisticated and colourful outfits. The weather was glorious with the sunlight flooding the room through the large glass windows. Check out that splendid view […]


‘Tis the season to be arty, Falalalala lalalala ….

February 8, 2014

Not only is February the official month of love, but it’s also proving to be quite a glorious time for art aficionados like myself. There are tonnes of interesting art events and exhibitions going on right now. I’ve been keeping busy doing my usual gallery hopping and last week I went to see two great shows with extremely different tones. My friend Deama had invited me to come to an exhibition called Fakie #3 which she was participating in. Fakie #3 was held at FN designs at Al Serkhal Avenue. Every artist participating at this show had been given a […]


My entry for the Van Cleef/Tashkeel Middle East Emergent Prize

February 7, 2014

A while ago, I posted details about the press conference I went to where I learnt that Van Cleef was holding an annual competition with Tashkeel for emerging artists. I knew as soon as I went to the event that I really wanted to participate. After all, the stakes couldn’t be higher – the winner will have the opportunity to travel to Paris to attend courses at L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels. With such an attractive and tempting prospect, I knew I had to crack a shot at it! I set about thinking of ways to interpret the theme. As […]


Ali Abbas solo show at Mussawir Gallery

January 31, 2014

I’ve always had a soft corner for Pakistani art. I’m aware that statement may sound biased given my roots, but hear me out – From Sadequain’s calligraphic cubism to Hajra’s romantic illustrative pieces, Pakistani art boasts a full-bodied and unique range of styles rich in its illustrious heritage. It’s a melting pot of various cultures and influences and the sheer level of skill and talent is unbelievable and indeed in abundance. Pakistani artists appear to all possess an innate, sophisticated sense of taste and aesthetics, particularly where the subject of colour is concerned. For instance, I love the warm vibrant […]


The Young Collector’s Auction

January 26, 2014

I’ve always been so curious about auctions. Not only are they über chic, attracting the creme de la creme of art buffs … they seem so exclusive too. I’ve always wanted to go to one and play the part of a mysterious woman in big floppy theatrical hat and scarlet lipstick; looking like a some sort of heiress character with a story to tell. I’d sit at the back and furrow my brow in deep contemplation while examining the artwork… “Should I bid on this one?? Yes ? No? Will it go with the decor in my mansion in Emirates […]