What: The opening of Alif Gallery, and Myth and Legends exhibition by Tim D’Vatz.
Where: Alif Gallery, Damac Twin Towers, DIFC.
When: Wednesday January 30.
I was particularly excited to be heading out on my new blogging adventure this week because I was accompanied by one of my best friends: Angie Hartwick, art collector of the Hartwick Collection, who is based in Mumbai.
As we arrived at DIFC, we were just in time to see the guest of honour, HH Sheikh Butti Bin Suhail Al Maktoum, leaving with his entourage. As well as being housed in the Alif Gallery’s new space in the Damac Twin Towers, the exhibition also continued outside onto the terrace, where the city’s skyscrapers acted as a wonderful backdrop.
Artist Tim D’Vatz’s work was beautiful, with a surreal element inspired by Asian myths and sufi philosophy, combined with a vibrant palette inspired by the Orientalists. His pieces injected a modernity into these traditional myths and legends, and his time spent in France – in Paris and Normandy – was reflected in his palette and the movement evident in his works.
His large, highly stylised fantasy canvases were exactly to my taste: they were decadent with wonderful storytelling and felt timeless. I noticed people were really soaking up this collection. Suddenly I spotted curator Natalya Andakulova and I instantly knew I wanted to ink her.
Angie and I had one final walk round to view all the work on display, then we decided it was time to head home. We flicked through our brochures on the way back and both felt that D’Vatz’s unique collection was just stunning. I was excited to get my inks out for this one.
For Hatty’s blog and more of her art, see www.hattypedder.com.