Dubai through the eyes of an artist

DUBAI — The Dubai Department of Tourism has commissioned Robert Lovett, a renowned Australian artist, to film a documentary on Dubai titled, ‘The world seen through the eyes of an artist’.

By Reshmi Nair

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Published: Thu 22 Feb 2007, 8:36 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:34 AM

The documentary will be a unique, personal and artistic exploration of the emirate, a travelogue that goes beyond formulaic documentaries usually found on travel channels.

“An artist has a unique perception of the world. They are able to see things in terms of tones, shapes and colours.”

“Objects are not just objects. We have to consider their relationship to the environment as well. There are certain things the general public may overlook which I’d like to point out, and encourage them to see the beauty in them as well.”

Lovett, 87, who has developed a 50-year repertoire, made famous by his paintings of horses and the Australian High Country, expresses a desire to branch out from his usual style and produce something in an interactive medium that extends beyond his instructional, “how to paint” videos,

Citing the Dubai Creek, Dry Docks, Hatta and Al Bastakiya as some of his biggest inspirations, Lovett focuses on the juxtaposition of modernity and tradition, the reason Dubai is such a fascinating subject.

“I’m impressed by how this entire city virtually rose from a desert and transformed itself into the modern metropolis that we see today. Yet, the sense of architectural conformity to tradition remains.”

Lovett visited the Uptown School to film a segment for his documentary. A group of students at the school went through a mini-workshop. Lovett taught them how to paint and answered their queries.

“We value creativity, and believe that holistic learning is very important. By bringing a professional artist to our school, we are encouraging them to seek out new concepts and ideas,” said Angela Spence, Curriculum Coordinator for the Uptown School.

Lovett will also be exhibiting his works at the Majlis Gallery on February 26.

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