Artist talks to people via art

DUBAI — The sixth week of Arts Surprises is currently under way at the Bin Hendi Avenue at Deira City Centre where a group of artists and sculptors are exhibiting some unique art works until August 1.

By A Staff Reporter (DSS SPECIAL)

Published: Mon 30 Jul 2007, 8:47 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:23 AM

The exhibitors said that this year’s Dubai Summer Surprises has given them an opportunity to showcase their works to a wider audience outside their home countries.

Mona Al Qanai has come from Kuwait to exhibit her paintings. “I began exhibiting in 2005 and this is my first exhibition outside Kuwait. Although this is not a solo, this is a beginning and I’m looking forward to coming here more often,” she said.

Mona caused quite a stir in Kuwait when she exhibited paintings done completely in black. “Black is usually considered in a negative way but I wanted to say that black is a colour and that it can be used to convey ideas like all the other colours.” She believes she is one of the very few artists in the world who paint with white ink on black canvas.

The aim of all this, says Mona, is to communicate to people around her and make them see what her paintings are about. According to her, each of her works is unique because they have been the result of different emotions at various times. “Feelings of the same emotion can never be same, although they may be similar, and so my paintings are unique because each painting is a personal experience,” she adds. Like all other art works displayed in Arts Surprises, Mona’s paintings are for sale, although she admits letting go off her works is literally letting go off experiences in her life. Valued between Dh3,800 and Dh5,900, Mona says pricing the works is very difficult. “I usually include the costs of the canvas, the colours, the frame, the hinges, etc, but it is impossible to put a price on your feelings and experiences.”

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