British royal buys Dubai art

Dubai-based artist painting bought by Duchess of York

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A painting by Dubai-based artist Sylvain Tremblay has been purchased by the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson.

The work, titled, “Blue Horse,” was bought at a charity auction in London, where the proceedings will go towards building a new, safe water access project in Guatemala.

It would allegedly help around 37,000 people reach ecological water supplies for drinking purposes or economic development initiatives.

The news was announced by the Canadian University in Dubai where Tremblay is a guest lecturer.

According to the school, the artist had recently donated his work to the Formula E charity event at the Natural History Museum in London.

The piece, which was inspired by the UAE’s annual horseracing event, the Dubai World Cup, was one of many which contributed to the funds being raised in support of the cause.

This year, a few of Tremblay’s other works were showcased at the Meydan Racecourse during the event. It was done so in celebration of the event’s 20th anniversary.

Tremblay gained recognition for a portrait of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, where he dropped sand from a hot air balloon onto a canvas laid out in the dessert to craft an image of the Sheikh.

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