GALLERY ONE CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND PHOTOGRAPHER, JAMES DOMINÉ, HAS RELEASED A NEW SERIES OF OPEN DOORS LIMITED EDITION ARTWORKS. A TRUE REFLECTION OF HIS GLOBAL TRAVELS, THE COLLECTION DRAWS PARTICULAR INSPIRATION FROM DOMINÉ’S OBSERVATIONS IN EUROPE AND THE FAR EAST.
Dominé applied everyday urban scenes, as the photographic foundation for his Open Doors compositions, transforming the seemingly mundane sights surrounding us, into striking metaphorical reflections. He developed the artworks from multiple sources and juxtaposing images to create beautifully constructed montages. On a trip to Tunis, North Africa, Dominé explained that he became fascinated by the architecture within the historical Medina area, a world heritage site where generations of stories have unfolded down the narrow lanes and alleyways.
I am naturally curious, when I am immersed in a photo-shoot I find myself contemplating the lives and customs of the people that surround me. I imagine glancing through open doors into the homes of people to experience a part of their culture
“The ancient doors scattering the streets are vast and impressive and I became increasingly curious about what was behind these imposing structures,” he said. Today, Dominé photographs inspiringly unique doors throughout the Middle East and North Africa; including Tunisia, Turkey, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The composition often being led by each unique location explains Dominé. “In some towns, for example Sidi Bou Said in Tunisia, the vast majority of homes have blue doors, so it is often the location that dictates the colour choice of compositions,” he explained.
“I am naturally curious, when I am immersed in a photo-shoot I find myself contemplating the lives and customs of the people that surround me. I imagine glancing through open doors into the homes of people to experience a part of their culture. In the MENA region I have learned that people are warm and inviting, hence there is always one open door in my artworks.” His artistic endeavors and graphic style combined with an innate understanding of how to use natural light to create exquisite results sees the fourth series of Open Doors sold in the eclectic retail spaces of Gallery One.
Inspired by the retail stores of the world’s greatest galleries and museums, Gallery One launched in the the UAE in 2006 and has since emerged as one of the region’s leading cultural retailers. Driven by the one core philosophical belief, ‘Art in Everything’, Gallery One has grown into a inspired network of retail spaces, which showcase and sell accessible and affordable regional artwork within beautifully packaged products and creative gifts, many of which are inspired by regional pattern, motifs, calligraphy and designs.
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