Hidden Gems Exposed in Dar Al Funoon Art Night

In vibrant, social-friendly event, Dar Al Funoon hosted its 3rd Affordable Art Night – Young Artists Edition on January 21st featuring a wide collection of paintings, collage, photography, sculptures, drawings and fine jewelry.

The 3rd Affordable Art Night – Young Artists Edition was dedicated to support young artists and shed lights on their talents, calling emerging artists from Kuwait and Middle East to participate in exhibition which eventually showcased artworks by: Ali Al Mutairi, Faisal Mohammed, Mohammed Sharaf, Farah Al Kandiri, Farah Khajah, Maha Al Askar, Khaled Al Najdi, Khalid Al Sahaly, Zena Dabbous, Yousef Al Qoud, William Anderson, Ghadeer Ali, Mohammed AbuHakmeh, Philip Kamble, Roa Al Shaheen, Usra AlMadhoun, Immanuel Rhema , Mohammed Razzoqi and Jacquelin Talotta.

Crowd at Dar Al Funoon 3rd Affordable Art Show
Crowd at Dar Al Funoon 3rd Affordable Art Show
Crowd at Dar Al Funoon 3rd Affordable Art Show
Crowd at Dar Al Funoon 3rd Affordable Art Show
Photography by Usra ElMadhoun (left) - Ali Al Mutairi (right)
Photography by Usra ElMadhoun (left) – Ali Al Mutairi (right)
Collage artworks by Maha Al Asker
Collage artworks by Maha Al Asker
Mohammed AbuHakmeh Artwork 'Feel It'
Farah Al Kandiri Artwork ‘Feel It’

The Good & The Excellent!

Two things I totally loved about the event and I will tell you why: selection of artworks and excellent curating! Let’s start with curating: with over 30 pieces to display; varied between digital art – paintings – photography – installations … etc , the artworks were tidy hanged & well-organized way, the space didn’t feel over crowded or missy, visitors were not distracted, everything felt like it was placed in harmony.

Most importantly there were no huge price tags tangling from artworks, which is a mistake some galleries don’t pay attention to! Huge tag prices makes the gallery look like a bazaar and lowers the value of artwork itself. If an Affordable Art Night would be done, it should be curated the way Dar Al Funoon did because it was done perfectly.

Details from Immanuel Amrita Rhema Artwork
Details from Immanuel Amrita Rhema Artwork
Digital Art by Jacquelin Talotta
Digital Art by Jacquelin Talotta
Khalid Al Sahaly Photography
Khalid Al Sehaly Photography
Khaled Al Najdi Artworks
Khaled Al Najdi Artworks
Artworks by Faisal Mohammed
Artworks by Faisal Mohammed
Dar Al Funoon 3rd Affordable Art Show
Dar Al Funoon 3rd Affordable Art Show

The Daring… Innovative… And Captivating

As I said, the second thing I love was selection of artworks. It was a mixture of contemporary and modern; some very daring like Mohammed Sharaf’s sociopolitical digital art, Yousef Al Qoud painting. Innovative like William Anderson’s ‘China Trade Tile’ series where he used cobalt blue paint, decal and transfer print on porcelain.

Mohammed Sharaf Digital Art
Mohammed Sharaf Digital Art
Mohammed Sharaf 'Democracy' (left) 'Morsi' (right) Digital Art
Mohammed Sharaf ‘Democracy’ (left) ‘Chair’ (right) Digital Art
Acrylic on Canvas Painting by Yousef Al Qoud
Acrylic on Canvas Painting by Yousef Al Qoud
Yousef Al Qaud 'Adorned' Acrylic on Canvas.
Yousef Al Qaud ‘Adorned’ Acrylic on Canvas.
'China Trade Tile' Series by William Anderson
‘China Trade Tile’ Series by William Anderson
William Anderson 'China Trade Tile: A Secret Passage'. Medium: cobalt blue paint, decal and transfer print on porcelain.
William Anderson ‘China Trade Tile: A Secret Passage’. Medium: cobalt blue paint, decal and transfer print on porcelain.

But the most art piece that caught my mind was ‘Over Population’ installation by Roa Al Shaheen (below): a fish jar filled with water cluttered with fishes, they all seemed dead because the ones at bottom were smashed by the above who were floating as there was no room for them to swim and breathe.

Roa Al Shaheen 'Over Populated' Sculpture/Installation
Roa Al Shaheen ‘Over Population’ Installation
Details from Roa Al Shaheen 'Over Population' Installation
Details from Roa Al Shaheen ‘Over Population’ Installation (Source)

The significance of this artwork is it depicts the consequences of jamming people in small corner and pressuring them, they will all fight for surviving and exceeding but in the end non reach it. Al Shaheen, who is also an architect and interior designer, represented this in-human situation in a symbolic, contemporary installation so simple yet deep.

The Conclusion!

Dar Al Funoon’s 3rd Affordable Art Night – Young Artists Edition, was a success: exposing new talents, emphasizing others and giving opportunity for viewers to witness unique creativity, that must not be underestimated or taken for granted Looking forward to see what all these artists will present in the future!

Photography by Usra ElMadhoun
Photography by Usra ElMadhoun

Cheers

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