India meets UAE art in Dubai

New art space in Emirates Towers hosts 21 artists

Mahendra Bhagat, 44, Originally from the Maharashtra State, now based in Mumbai
Mahendra Bhagat, 44, Originally from the Maharashtra State, now based in Mumbai
Mahendra Bhagat, 44, Originally from the Maharashtra State, now based in Mumbai
Mahendra Bhagat, 44, Originally from the Maharashtra State, now based in Mumbai
Lalu Prasad Shaw, 74, Originally from Bengal (now Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal), now based in Kolkata
Lalu Prasad Shaw, 74, Originally from Bengal (now Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal), now based in Kolkata
Bose Krishnamachari, 48, Originally from Kerala, now based in Mumbai
Bose Krishnamachari, 48, Originally from Kerala, now based in Mumbai
Mohammed Al-Qassab, 41, From the UAE
Mohammed Al-Qassab, 41, From the UAE
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Art business Art Select is renowned for providing art consulting services, hosting exhibitions and supporting young artists (particularly those from the subcontinent), and its new exhibition features both Emirati and Indian artists. Yet rather than highlighting the differences between them, it aims to bridge the gap and show the many connections between the two countries.

There are 21 artists in total – here are our top picks.

Lalu Prasad Shaw, 74

Originally from Bengal (now Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal), now based in Kolkata
Shaw’s work focuses on middle-class Bengali characters – his economy of line give the pieces a traditional feel. This peaceful portrait uses Tempera paint on paper. Otherwise known as poster paint, this form of paint – often used by children – has been mostly out of vogue in the mainstream art world since the Baroque period of the 1500s-1800s.
Price of works: Up to Dhs30,000.

Mahendra Bhagat, 44

Originally from the Maharashtra State, now based in Mumbai
Each of Bhagat’s sculptures are individual, crafted from fibreglass, before being painted in acrylic. The range seen here depicts Picasso – the blue piece (below), called ‘Picasso’s Dove’, focuses on how the dove became a symbol of peace after the Spanish artist used one in a poster for the 1949 World Peace Congress. The pink work (left), ‘Picasso’s Pink Period’, focuses on a time in his early career when the artist’s work was cheery and full of life and acrobatics – many suggest this was because he was in love with a woman named Fernande Olivier at the time.
Price of works: Up to Dhs40,000.

Bose Krishnamachari, 48

Originally from Kerala, now based in Mumbai
With an MFA from Goldsmiths in London, Krishnamachari’s works always use many planes of vision and bold colours. He says the saturation of his canvases is inspired by Indian festivals, which are always bright and beautiful. His psychedelic pieces may not be to your taste, but you can’t deny their strength.
Price of works: Up to Dhs66,000.

Mohammed Al-Qassab, 41

From the UAE
A board member of the Emirates Fine Art Society, Al-Qassab’s pieces have plenty of depth of texture, and the artist’s attitude is refreshingly down to earth. ‘The colour in my works is merely a brush movement on the canvas and the shapes are spontaneous and intended,’ he explains. ‘Abstractness doesn’t need an explanation other than as colours painted in one way or another beside each other, which could be acceptable to some but not for others.’
Price of works: Up to Dhs25,000.

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