Seventy eight exquisite pieces of silk painting by Finnish artist Sinnika Ahokas-Grohn are at display at the Khalidia Palace Hotel Gallery. The exhibition was inaugurated by Mohammed Al Fahim, honorary chairman, Al Fahim Group, and will be running till April14.

By Anjana Sankar

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Published: Fri 9 Apr 2004, 3:44 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:31 AM

Featuring typical Arabian motifs, the collection reflects the artist's deep affinity for the life and landscape of Middle East. "I have a special fascination for the UAE landscape, especially for its diversity that offers undulating sand dunes, pristine beaches and a mesmerising blue sky," explained Sinnika. A travel enthusiast, Sinnika says that her camping trips with her husband give her the chance to explore the interiors of the country, which she will later on convert into painted images in silk. Inspired by her snorkelling adventures in Khorfakkan, Sinnika has done a couple of paintings in sparkling blue depicting the rich marine life.

It is not always the trips or nature that stir her creative effervescence. In her own words, "I sometimes wake up in the morning with a new idea and then simply do it." Sinnika had taken up painting as a hobby and as she added more and more wonderful pieces to her collection, she decided to take the plunge as a professional artist. For the last five years that she has been in UAE, she has conducted more than 12 solo exhibitions apart from participating in several group ones. This is her third in a row in this year itself.

Asked about her preference for the medium of silk, Sinnika elaborated that the surface of silk is very shimmering, giving the images a unique sheen. But it is not an easy medium, she vouches. "The colours are all the time running and you have to be extra careful to confine them to the defined space."

The use of UAE map as a dominating image is yet another outstanding feature of her works. Elaborate on details, her maps, more than just defining the boundaries of the country, vividly portrays the life and culture of United Arab Emirates. "I do maps because I can accommodate all the relevant symbols together within the map, instead of drawing them separately. It gives an overview of all that goes into the making of the country," explained Sinnika.

Her works will be on permanent display at the Khalidia Palace Gallery after the exhibition.

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