Brush with Art Surprises

DUBAI—As is the case every year, special focus is being laid by the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) Office in including unique and exciting activities within the Arts Surprises, a DSS event that addresses diverse forms of arts, including music and various genres of fine arts.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Fri 6 Jul 2007, 9:33 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:00 AM

This year’s Arts Surprises features a fine art exhibition that showcases a number of paintings by local and foreign artists. Paintings of nature and heritage besides profile drawings of famous personalities are shown at the exhibition.

Among those participating in the exhibition, which was held at BurJuman as part of the second week of the Ten Surprises, was Sameh Khalatbari, an Iranian artist, whose paintings are mainly influenced by the ‘Gul-o-Murgh’ style, meaning flower and bird.

This kind of painting flourished in the Safavid period, and it became widespread on pen-cases, mirror frames, jewel boxes, doors, cupboards, lamps, covers of the Holy Quran and literary manuscripts, apart from adorning tiles, plaster, and stone.

“My family discovered my artistic talents when I was three year old. Since then, they have been focusing on boosting my drawing skills and helped me join several specialised courses and institutes,” said Khalatbari, who holds a degree in business management and is preparing for a Masters in Business Administration.

“Nature is my most favourite subject and I find great pleasure in illustrating my local heritage and folkloric arts.”

In its second week, the DSS Arts Surprises were held at BurJuman till Wednesday. The surprise moved to Mercato from Yesterday, where it will last until July 11.

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