Al Fahidi Festival – The New Orientalists

We would like to introduce you to ALFF.      


ALFF personifies everything that is

The Al Fahidi Historic Neighbour Hood

A Creative Fun Cultural Hub right by Dubai’s Iconic Creek and Traditional Souks

Opening on Saturday 6th of February from 10am -10 pm 

will see all the Creative Companies

in the neighbourhood mounting new exhibitions,

the numerous cafes offering special menus

and  the various museums welcoming visitors through their doors.

The Majlis Gallery’s contribution to the Festival is 

The New Orientalists

A group show of new work from over 20 of our major artists 

We look forward to welcoming you to ALFF


alff2“Orientalism” is widely used in art to refer to the works of the many, mostly European,19th-century artists, who specialized in “Oriental” subjects. They travelled mainly as addendums to larger groups of archeologists, scientists, traders and explorers. hired initially in these pre photography days to record the sights and general exotica of the Levant eventually travelling onward into the Middle and Far East.

The “lone” traveller painters of the early nineteenth century were often accompanied by an entourage of servants to carry bags and equipment, many of them such as John Frederick Lewis and Jean Leon Gerome set up homes in Cairo immersing themselves in the heat, the light and the eroticism of a culture far removed from the climate of Northern Europe. Paintings by Lewis, Gerome, Ingres. Delacroix and many others were a regular feature of the Salon Exhibitions in Paris from 1847 and from 1894 onwards an annual exhibition of Orientalist painters took place in Paris greatly influencing the younger artists of the day.


The great David Roberts was instrumental in opening the eyes of Victorian England to the epic architecture and vast vistas of The Holy Land, Syria, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia but  by the turn of the century interest in things Oriental was in decline however  in the last quarter of the 20th century Orientalist painting soared in value spurred on by “oil money” coming into the art market.

Works produced in the first half of the 20th century were usually attributed to official war artists such as Henry Lamb or to those working more with a camera than a brush such as Wilfred Thesiger and Ronald Codrai. They were among the first of a new generation of Orientalist artists for whom the changing face of The Middle East as it moved from the mystical to the masterful is still a subject of great visual interest.

alff3The early works of many of the artists in this exhibition are already of great historical importance. Paintings from before the camel track moved down the Al Ain road before the Souk and the Bastakia were restored, when Jumeira Beach was wild and goats roamed the  streets of Bur Dubai.
These artists are just one more step in the long tradition of Orientalism and in time will be equally collectable.

From Highly Contemporary to Downright Romantic there is something for everyone in this great exhibition

The Golden Year – Lynette Ten Krooden

” Looking  back through the mind files of my 60 years as a lonely traveller of this earth, this place  we call HOME, has left me speechless on many occasions, no less now.

Since training as an artist and archaeologist, I have been fascinated with the earth, its formations and the ever changing eco systems which mankind might influence, but never completely destroy or alter. Gaia will always rejuvenate herself…she only needs Time on her side. In the words of Carl Sagan We are a mere tiny blip on a tiny dot  in the vast universe out there and after we have left, Gaia will again go back to restore.

I always say that we should carry a compass on our arms for direction, because we cannot do anything about the universal systems of Time and Space. We are only visitors here; Gaia tolerates us, nurtures us, and gives us the wonderful opportunity to experience her micro and macro cosmos.

Travelling for many years over the deserts, mountains, forests and waters of Africa and The Middle East has made me acutely aware of the erosion and ever-changing evolution of our planet. Rainforests are disappearing; deserts are expanding, even noticeable from the window of a commercial aircraft.

The future of our fragile existence on this planet depends on how humanity deals with the nexus of energy and economics. The essence of  past lives, existing based on breathing and concentrating sunlight, is our legacy. Remembering the miracle of transformation   might make mankind aware of our fragile existence and our engine of consumption.”

Lynette Ten Krooden 2015

It has been a joy to be a part of Lynettes journey over the last 20 years. Her philosophies, humanity and incredible talent have enriched the lives of so many in so many corners of this fragile world of ours. We are proud to call her a colleague and a friend

Happy Golden Year Lynette

Alison Collins 2015


Udaybhanu – Hues and Barks

Opening 24th- October until 26th- November.

Who said Fauvism or Impressionism is restricted to paintings and never makes it presence felt in photography, or photography lasts only for a glimpse, with nothing to delve beyond that, and who was it that instead a story cannot be delineated with a few abstract clicks of a photographer, or good photographs are those that undergo makeovers with the click of graphic software. Udaybhanu, who calls himself an environmental activist, is in a sole resolve to rewrite such preconceived myths about photography. This artist, who has an eye for the extraordinary, is leaving no stone unturned when he scurries about to narrate the heart-wrenching story of a tree. The series ‘Hues and Barks’ is nothing but spellbinding art captured with an implacable mind that doesn’t compromise on mediocrity. It takes a few minutes for you to come to terms with the fact that Udaybhanu’s pictures are no abstract art but photographs that resemble paintings in more way than one.

Trees sacrificed their lives for us bipeds long before we were called Hominids. They provided food, shelter, clothes and fire to light up the dawn of civilization. Later they gave papyrus and charcoal to write their own story.

Nature had been signing itself on tree trunks even earlier with a biological time signature. These growth rings carved the biorhythms of the earth. The high degree of seasonal temperatures, rainfalls, and other climatic changes were fossilized in living trees talking to us down the millennia.

View Udaybhanu Portfolio


The Beauty of Imperfection

Jo Kearney is a photographer with a difference. Through her eyes, details of the ordinary become extraordinary.

The Beauty of Imperfection opens our eyes to the abstraction and romance of something familiar to us all.
The Dhows on Dubai Creek.

These wooden trading boats have long been associated with the Arabian Gulf Peeling paint, old ropes, rusting nails, tide marks all tell a tale of tradition and hard work.

Opening Day

Saturday 23rd of May from 10am-6pm 

Please join us and revisit Dubai’s Creek for yourself

Jo will be here here throughout the day

Jo’s work is affordable, ranging from AED390 to AED930.

They make great gifts and mementos of life in Dubai.

Click here to See Her Portfolio

The Art of Sculpture

Sculpture has been part of mankind’s world from prehistory to the present day. The story is populated by extraordinary artists, most until the Renaissance period sadly anonymous. Their creative and technical skills have given civilization an abundance of three dimensional art at every scale. Marble, stone and bronze were the favoured materials and are still the most durable and technically challenging of media

Opening on Saturday 14th-March as our contribution to Art Season.

The Art of Sculpture

Brings together the work of Contemporary Sculptors
Cristiano Alviti, Denise Dutton, Hannes Loots,  Jamal Abdul Rahim, Judith Holmes Drewry,
Karel Zijlstra, Lloyd Le Blanc,  Michael Chaikin,  Mustafa Ali, Sanna Swart
A full portfolio of all their work with the gallery is always available on our website
Pieces can also be commissioned

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Eastern Fragrance by Louis Jansen van Vuuren

Opening on 29th Nov. 2014 and running through out December

we continue the celebrations of our 25th year with this exciting exhibition.

Louis Jansen van Vuuren is a world renowned artist who has exhibited extensively in major cities around the globe, including Londen, Paris, New York, Sydney, Miami, Washington, Monte Carlo, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

This is his first solo exhibition in Dubai.

While exploring his familiar themes of interior/exterior views through a window, often focusing on exotic architecture and foreign destinations to which he has travelled, Jansen van Vuuren turns his attention in this exhibition to the subject of the enchanted garden, contrasting the visually evocative elements of Ottoman patternmaking with images of fragrant flowers and exotic ripe fruit.

While Jansen van Vuuren usually focuses on pastel this solo exhibition will include a number of oils. Several of the pieces are executed on a gesso-ground which gives the works an ancient fresco-like quality.

“I paint because I have no other choice, it is part of my vocabulary, and it is part of my language as a communicating being. I paint to describe what I see and what I feel and what I think about. Art and life are intimately linked. Inseparable.”

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25 Squared our 25th Anniversary Exhibition

We are Celebrating 25 years as

The first and foremost “peoples” Fine Art Gallery in the UAE

with an Exhibition entitled

25 Squared

A Collective Installation of over 150 identically sized and  framed works

from over 40 artists

all of whom we have represented over the years.

The grand opening is on Saturday November 1st 2014

From 10 am – 6pm

Works can be purchased singly or in multiples

click here to see the complete collection

Whats more ?

we have just opened our ART SHACK adjacent to the gallery Crammed with bargains galore from all of your favorite artists




Drawn to Dubai David Paskett 3rd May to 8th June 2014

David Paskett studied at Hornsey, Exeter and Liverpool Colleges of Art.

Elected to the Royal Water Colour Society in 2001, David became Vice-President in 2007, and served as President from 2009 to 2012.

He has won several awards for painting and his work is in many Collections in the UK and China, A country he has lived in and been inspired by for many years. His patrons include HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; Standard Chartered Bank, Freshfields, Hargreaves Lansdown and The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

David was artist in Residence at The Majlis Gallery in December 2012 an experience he describes below.

“I was drawn to the  waterways and  quay sides of the Creek, the Souks and bazaars, the elegance of The Al Fahedi Historic Neighbourhood with its sunlit courtyards and dramatic shadows.   Looking down from balconies and from narrow alleyways upon daily tasks being performed with both old buildings and modern architecture as a backdrop.” This is Davids first exhibition in Dubai , We are sure it wont be his last.

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Trevor Waugh

Captured Moments An Exhibition of Recent Works by Trevor Waugh from 15th February – 13th March
Trevo loves the UAE. He has been exploring it’s landscape and cultural traditions for many moons and has really got “under the skin” of its visual narrative. We love working with him and can guarantee that your visit to this stunning exhibition will reward you with an indulgence of
Captured Moments

Guided by Gaia

A Visual Exploration of a Scientific Hypothesis and our Contribution to the 2014 Art Season, Sikka Art Fair and UAE Green Festival by Lynette Ten Krooden and Daragh Muldowney On Saturday 15th of March The exhibition will continue until 28th of April

The Gaia Hypothesis, also known as Gaia Theory or Gaia Principle proposes that Earth is itself a self regulating complex organism that has the ability to interact with other organic and inorganic substances to maintain and repair itself in optimum condition in order to harbour life.

Man is arrogant enough to see himself as the pinnacle of life on earth and as such has a responsibility to work with Gaia to keep this little blue dot alive and in great shape. If man fails this obligation Gaia will simply remove him.

Lynette ten Krooden

My training as an artist and an archeologist has given me a total fascination with the earth, its formations and the ever changing eco systems. Systems that are often influenced by mankind , but hopefully never completely destroyed or altered by him.  Gaia will always rejuvenate herself…she has time and millions of years experience on her side. We are a mere tiny blib on a tiny dot in the vast universe, after we have left, Gaia will still be restoring  herself.

I always say that we need a compass on our arm not a watch because we cannot do anything about the universal systems of Time and Space. We are only visitors here, Gaia tolerates us, nurtures us and gives us the wonderful opportunity to experience her micro and macro cosmos.

In this show, Guided by Gaia I will be presenting paintings on old damaged recycled vinyl records, discs with both sides painted and presented on acrylic stands. This will be accompanied by paintings of my signature gold leaf, sand and oil technique. The work will focus on the elements of our world, earth and moon, water and stone etc. I will again visit the endless photographs  and notes which I have been gathering over 30 years of documenting and looking at the landscape, while travelling like a modern-day nomad form South Africa to the deserts of the north and  the water landscapes of the south . All the while Guided by Gaia

Daragh Muldowney

Long before I picked up a camera I have felt my eyes being ‘Guided by Gaia’. I have always found a sense of belonging to and connected with nature. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to step into nature’s majesty and be immediately present. I believe there is healing in this process.

If we take a walk on a beach, up a mountain or in a forest there is a feel good emotion that we all get to some degree or another. I believe if we focus on this feeling, meditate on it, we can heighten the moment to a point where it can become a form of therapy.

For me it is the small, all too often overlooked detail that can bring the deepest healing. It is at these moments of pure connection while I stare into beauty that I find I can create my strongest work.

So, armed with a camera I set out to capture my connections with and love of the natural world. I am attracted by sensual lines, vibrant colours, purity and simplicity. My aim is to present imagery that induces a feeling of peace and calm within the viewer, a sense of awe at and responsibility for the world we live in.