Best art events this week

14 fantastic cultural events in Dubai this week

Our picks of the week

1 Hyper-realistic portraits at Ductac
See Wed 26.

2 Haunting Syrian paintings at Ayyam Gallery
See Sat 1.

3 Five decades of work at Ayyam Gallery
See Fri 28.

4 Yemeni art inspired by the Arab Spring at Jamm Art
See Sun 2.

5 Language and text at Maraya Art Centre
See Tue 4.

Wednesday 26

Bernard Buffet and Auguste Rodin
French painter Bernard Buffet and sculptor Auguste Rodin’s work will be shown together as part of an exhibition that focuses on the similarities between the two men’s interpretation of form.
Until March 1. Opera Gallery, DIFC (04 323 0909).

In the Bathroom Mirror: Effigies and Faces
UK portrait painter Edward Sutcliffe, who has had his works exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London, is showing his exceptional renditions, which capture human faces with a profound degree of realism. Until March 1. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).

Thursday 27

A number of artists, including Her Highness Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, are using broken skateboard decks as canvases for this intriguing, special exhibition.
Until February 28. FN Designs, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0490).

Imran Qureshi
Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year, Imran Qureshi’s miniature paintings are inspired by the motifs and symbolism of Mogul art from the 15th and 16th century in Northern India. The Pakistani’s work creates a dialogue about violence and hope.
Until February 28. Salsali Private Museum, Al Quoz (04 380 9600).

Friday 28

Captured Moments – A Journey In Watercolour
Having travelled across the world, as well as capturing scenes from here in the Middle East, British artist Trevor Waugh’s exhibition of acrylic and watercolour paintings is a reflection of the wanderer’s keen eye.
Until March 6. The Majilis Gallery, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).

Five Decades of Painting and Innovation
The different mediums of art in this exhibition are a reflection of New York-based Palestinian Samia Halaby’s belief that art should advance in line with mankind’s technological progressions.
Until April 30. Ayyam Gallery, Aserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 04 323 6242).

Saturday 1

Almost a Dream
An opportunity to view the beautiful, haunting and minimalist paintings by Syrian artist Safwan Dahoul, whose works deal with the conflict in his home country.
Until March 13. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 439 2393).

Dominic Benhura
Zimbabwean artist Dominic Benhura’s Shona stone sculptures were featured in UNICEF’s 2014 calendar, where he was recognised as the charity's artist of the year.
Until March 15. Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).

Sunday 2

Mr Y ‘Your Wonderment’
Syrian artist Baseem Rayyes’ fictional character, Mr Y, is a manifestation of various themes and issues ranging from culture to politics.
Until March 11. Baginskaya Gallery & Studio, Cluster X, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (050 556 2210).

Nasser Al Aswadi
The Yemeni painter’s works are inspired by both the Arab Spring and abstract patterns based on his relationship with religious symbolism, calligraphy and language. The show is his first solo exhibition in the UAE.
Until March 13. Jamm Art, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 328 5169).

Monday 3

Bolivian artist Roberto Mamani Mamani’s vibrant, multicoloured paintings are inspired by his indigenous South American roots, in particular the traditional symbolism from his culture and Aymaran background.
Until March 8. Artissima Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 380 6479).

The Intergalactic$
This space-themed retro exhibition of mixed media artworks by British artist Jim Wheat, will involve the artist giving away pieces of artwork and donating a portion of the money he makes to charity.
Until March 29. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Tuesday 4

In The Absence of Script
Curated by Noor Al Suwaidi, this group show will see five different artists using mixed media techniques explore the use of text and language in contemporary society. All of the exhibits are entirely new works.
Until March 5. Maraya Art Centre, Block E, Al Qasbar, Sharjah (06 556 6555).

K Files
Palestinian-Kuwaiti artist Tarek Al-Ghoussein’s collection of objects and personal artefacts explore the nature of family life within the context of ideological politics.
Until March 7. The Third Line, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

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