Art enthusiasts and collectors, listen up! Etihad Modern Art Gallery is hosting Art Souq 2015, the perfect place to admire some beautiful works and pick up your next painting, sculpture or artistic find.

It’s an annual exhibition and art fair that offers a great opportunity for visitors to observe and purchase from a range of affordable artworks. Everything on display is specially selected from the gallery’s resident, affiliated and associated artists, with great prices for those who want to add to a collection, or anyone looking to take their first step into the arts collector world.

Art Souq 2015 opened at the beginning of Ramadan and saw Etihad Modern Art gallery transform into a contemporary souq setting, combining the atmosphere and artisanal craftwork of the traditional Arabic market with the modern worldview of a set of carefully curated works.

H.E. Khaled Siddiq Al Mutawaa, Founder of Etihad Modern Art Gallery, says: “The Art Souq 2015 is an ideal way for artists to interact with the public and for the public to either begin the adventure of collecting art or expand their existing collection.”

Visitors and prospective buyers can enjoy a wide variety of styles, techniques, and mediums that bridge the traditional and the contemporary. Greek artist Yiannis Roussakis reveals authentic and sometimes-surprising elements of Emirati life through his photography and design work, exploring the connection of Emirati people with their land, culture and animals.

“The Art Souq 2015 is an ideal way for artists to interact with the public and for the public to either begin the adventure of collecting art or expand their existing collection.”

 

French painter Karine Roche’s impressionistic brushwork combines the vibrant pace of city life with the exuberant energy of natural forms.

Arts Souq 2015 showcases the international outlook of Etihad Modern Art Gallery through the works of artists such as Khaled Al Najjad, whose Arab and Cuban heritage marks the departure point for his stark photorealistic visions; and Kim Robertson, whose exploration of the Japanese aesthetic of imperfection creates an intimate, honest, and austere body of work.

The exhibition and fair will also feature a host of affordable sculptural works in stone and bronze by artists such as esteemed Bulgarian sculptor Svilen Petrov’s sleek, ornamental figures, as well as mosaic, glass, and craft works by Joann De Morges, whose playful and surreal objects give form to personal myths and public legends.

In honour of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the calligraphic beauty of Arabic and the common history of the Emirati community is explored by the textual wall art of Suhaila Abdulkareem, the decorative horizons of Hakem Al Taher, and the narrative symbolism of Ihsan Abou Said.

GO: Art Souq 2015 will run until the new season begins in September. Visit www.etihadmodernart. com for more information.