From local Emirati talent to international artists, this year’s edition showcases a breadth of art styles making the event a true one-stop-shop for affordable and original art
The Fifth edition o world Art Dubai, the region’s largest affordable retail art fair, returns to Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 3-6 April with a wealth of artistic styles and cultures designed to appeal to every walk of visitor.
Featuring more than 3,000 pieces from around the globe, World Art Dubai 2019 unites more than 150 galleries and artists from 30 countries, each with their own unique take on art. From emerging Emirati artists, pop-art icons and fashion art disrupters, to experimental expressionists and fine art and photography practitioners, this year’s exhibition is an eclectic melting pot of artistic style.
In-line with its accessible and affordable ethos, World Art Dubai embraces the expansive array of cultures and style by matching it with varying price-points – artwork prices range from USD 100 upwards. Ahead of the show, World Art Dubai experts have hand-picked a selection of artists to look out for when visiting this week.
Street Art Makes its Debut
Charley Uzzell-Edwards and Ben Eine:
Not one but two exceptional and highly anticipated artists, both representing Fortune Favours Art. Charley Uzzell-Edwards, who goes by the moniker ‘Pure Evil’, is set to bring a limited number of original canvasses to the show – one of which has been produced as an UAE exclusive. He will also be hand finishing a limited number of pieces on the Fortune Favours Art stand.
Also attending with Fortune Favours Art will be Ben Eine, who will be presenting a limited number of stencilled pieces on high-end cotton paper which have been again designed exclusively for the UAE and will be unveiled for the very first time on World Art Dubai’s opening day. Both artists will be participating in a public Q&A to answer any burning questions visitors may have.
Indian graffiti artist Nikhil Kapur, co-founder of Hoozinc Art & Design Studio, takes his inspiration from infamous street artist Banksy. Nikhil’s work now adorns houses, restaurants and offices and will be on display at World Art Dubai.
Spontaneous Abstract Draws on Past
Award-winning artist Shefali Ranthe is returning to Dubai, a destination she called home for 10 years. Now residing in Copenhagen, where she grew up after arriving from Bangladesh as an infant. The renowned international artist has a vivid and colourful style that is defined by a unique expression of semi-abstract, naïve, childish, innocent and spontaneous compositions of human and animal creatures.
During her time in Dubai, Shefali ran her own art school and taught art at Mawaheb from Beautiful People in Al Fahidi Historical District. She has since exhibited and curated artwork across a number of international galleries and exhibitions.