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Artist, Nick Bashall, is back in Dubai this December

Nick Bashall is no stranger to Dubai, he lived and worked here in the late 80’s and early 90’s both as a lawyer and a painter. It is as the latter that most people remember him especially for the many charismatic family portraits he completed in both charcoal and oil. He didn’t receive a formal art training until post his time in the UAE when he studied  at the art school of Joaquim Torrents Llado in Mallorca, Spain for 5 years. Llado was one of Spain’s most successful portrait and landscape painters.  His school drilled his pupils in the basic skills of draughtsmanship and painting, skills that Nick now passes on to others through very focused but fun workshops and courses that he runs in an Art School in London.
 
Though based in London Nick often returns to the UAE and will be back this December to join us in celebrating the life of Alison Collins. Nick will also be available for portrait commissions whilst he is back in the UAE, so please get in touch with The Majlis Gallery for bookings. His list of clients includes HRH Princess Anne, HRH Prince Michael of Kent and General Sir Michael Jackson (formerly head of the British Army).
 
Nick will be taking commissions for charcoal and oil portraits and the prices are given below.
 
Prices for a head and shoulders:
Charcoal       DhsOilDhs
Child*10,000+VATChild*20,000+VAT
Adult17,500+VATAdult40,000+VAT

*Child = 13 years or less

For bookings please call The Majlis Gallery at: 04 353 6233 or Whatsapp Kate at: +971 56 724 0890

Welcome to The Majlis Gallery

Collection of Contemporary Art

We have some superb work from Astrid Harrison, Alan Halliday, Jenny Croxford, John Harris, Jamal Abdul Rahim, Khaled Al Saai, Lynette ten Krooden Paul Wadsworth and Trevor Waugh to name a few Our stock of Ceramics, Candles, Glass, Limited edition Prints and Furniture is further discounted, great solutions to early festive shopping

Alison is also selling some of her personal collection including this very early Julian Barrow Oil of Deira Souk painted in 1986.

We are still hopeful that someone will be mad and brave enough to give the gallery a new life but for now we are happy to be moving on feeling that we have fulfilled our original mandate of

Providing a meeting place for Artists and Lovers of Art We really do look forward to welcoming you one more time to The Majlis Gallery

Our Opening hours have Changed Again !

we are closed on Friday and Saturday, Open Sunday to Thursday 10am – 2pm

Some gifts for you

While we’re not able to visit our wonderful galleries and museums, let the experts bring the learning journey to your home instead! Meet Rose Balston, Art historian and founder of Artscapes UK, a cultural tour company dedicated to enriching lives through education and exploration of the world of art. With a Masters in Art History and 13 years of lecturing, Rose is passionate and engaging; a regular presenter for SkyArts and the BBC, the perfect guide to demystify art for people of all ages. Through these free video talks, Artscapes Home will deliver the best of London’s art and culture straight to you, to inspire, enlighten and lift your spirits. Stay tuned and stay connected with these superb arts and culture talks.

Introducing Artscapes Home

Noli me tangere – Titian

The Deposition from the Cross – Pontormo
Blenheim Palace

Get painting and keep smiling.

Dear everyone we thought that these 4 videos by our very good friend and much loved artist Trevor Waugh would help to fill your days with creativity. Please e-mail us on majlisgallery@gmail.com with photos of your paintings as with your permission we would like to post them on our web site. It’s not a competition but  every week we have a Trevor Waugh signed limited edition print to give to the 3 best efforts. Get your kids painting too.

Watercolour Camels by Trevor Waugh

How to Paint Figures in Watercolour Part 2 Trevor Waugh

Trevor Waugh Oriental Watercolours 2015

Watercolour : From Sketch to Painting

Keep safe & keep smiling

Thank you for visiting our website. The current movement restrictions and life style changes have led us
to take the decision to hibernate for the summer months, conserving our energy and reserves for the
time when Art and sociability can be truly enjoyed again. In the meantime whilst our door is physically
closed we invite you to browse through our extensive Artists Portfolios, any piece can be reserved for
you until such time as we reopen. We will respond quickly to all e mails and enquiries.

40 Years On

An Exhibition that celebrates 40 years of The Majlis Gallery’s active role in the cultural development of the UAE. Running from Saturday 1 Feb, to Tuesday 31 March 2020.
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Mona Al-Khaja

Emirati Artist Mona Al Khaja studied art from 1976 to 1981 at the College of Fine Arts in Cairo, where she developed a natural talent for oil and acrylic painting. Since then, the mother of 6 and grandmother also of 6 has evolved her style from realism to abstract as a way to continue expanding her journey as an artist. Her pieces are studded with Middle-Eastern motifs and Islamic patterns and can be distinguished by her signature use of bold colors. Balancing her time as a full-time artist, wife, mother and a grand-mother has been challenging for Mona, but she hopes that her work will be appreciated by art lovers and inspire other Emirati women to pursue their passions and creativity.

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View Mona Al-Khaja Portfolio

Emirati artist Mona Al-Khaja

Observe + Absorb
An exhibition by pioneering Emirati artist Mona Al-Khaja

Emirati Artist Mona Al Khaja studied art from 1976 to 1981 at the College of Fine Arts in Cairo, where she developed a natural talent for oil and acrylic painting. Since then, the mother of 6 and grandmother also of 6 has evolved her style from realism to abstract as a way to continue expanding her journey as an artist. Her pieces are studded with Middle-Eastern motifs and Islamic patterns and can be distinguished by her signature use of bold colors. Balancing her time as a full-time artist, wife, mother and a grand-mother has been challenging for Mona, but she hopes that her work will be appreciated by art lovers and inspire other Emirati women to pursue their passions and creativity.

Below, a poetic message from the

Below, a poetic message from the artist herself:

“Painting is my world, a place where I can freely swim with my thoughts and exercise my ability to describe the world as I desire. I arrange it according to my imagination, returning to thoughts, places and themes that can only be expressed by observing and absorbing them into a visual story. 

In my opinion, a good work of art consists of using time and space, depth and movement, shadow and light, to enrich the eyesight and provoke inner-thoughts. Personally, I am influenced by the changes in colour and form that take place in everything that surrounds me, from the change of seasons to the diversity of light in different regions. I observe how a blue sky turns to shades of night, how a light wind raises dust that disturbs a clear sky – giving it a yellow tinge that hides the contours of shadows on the floor. 

I grab my brush and the ideas grapple inside me. I find them bound by some of the influences that stem from inherited legacies. I attempt to break free from them to give my ideas the opportunity to explore beyond these constraints. I try to paint new forms and use slightly different methods, but they tend to return back to their origins, as if they were fixed in my being.”

There is no direct human form in my work, but its fingerprints are still present in my paintings. I often use decorative elements inspired by my local and Islamic heritage, such as nature, jewelry, clothing and calligraphy, as well as architectural symbols and motifs. These elements constantly enrich my ideas.

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Celebration in Colour

Paul Wadsworth

We are celebrating summer with a collection of Paul’s very colourful Large Paintings Paul has exhibited with us for over 20 years, his energetic paintings talk to your soul. They are crying out for big walls and dynamic interiors. If you love colour this collection is for you. This Celebration in Colour opens on Saturday 25th of May 10am – 6pm

Evening Mosque 85 x 185 20,000 Dirhams

For Paul, painting is just as much concerned with the physical and sensuous properties of the paint itself as it is with expressing a personal response to things felt and seen. Inspired by the coast and landscape of Cornwall and the landscapes and cultures of the Middle East and India, his work is essentially about capturing moments, feelings and emotions rather than meticulously depicting a particular view of a place. In order to respond and create in this way, he prefers to complete as much of the painting as possible on site, where he is surrounded by the elements that consistently motivate and energize his work

Glass Manifesto

Peter Bowles is recognised as one of Australia’s finest makers. Renowned for his technical mastery, his inventive approach to his craft and a dedication to a practice that spans object making, contemporary craft and public art. A prolific and fastidious artist, he has exhibited, lectured, researched and made work throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA.

Anne Clifton brings an unparalleled enthusiasm and a sense of wonder to her work. Her innate curiosity drives her practice which has taken her throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and the USA. Her commitment, vision and deep regard for community engagement have positioned her as a significant member of the international studio glass movement.

View Abdul Glass Manifesto Portfolio