Comic art show coming to Al Ain

Month-long exhibition taking over Al Qattara Arts Centre

Colourful comic strip art and animation will be celebrated at an exciting new exhibition going on display at an Al Ain culture spot.

The Comic Craze exhibition – featuring an array of dynamic visual creations including a dazzling portrait of Super Mario himself – will be taking centre stage at Al Qattara Arts Centre for a month-long run from September 14.

The eye-catching exhibition, featuring art from over 20 talented artists, will showcase a wide range of different techniques and materials from fabricated portraits to animated films.

The much-anticipated show will place a spotlight on the emerging community of comic artists rising up in the UAE.

Among the eclectic collection of artists featured will be Khalid Bin Hamad, who will be presenting his sci-fi animation series, Empire of N, a cool mix of action and science fiction, incorporating a Japanese style to reflect on the Emirati identity.

Other artists given the chance to shine include self-taught artist, Moza Al Hamrani, whose comic book paintings use techniques such as brush pens, markers and paper scraps, Khalid Mahmood, another contributing artist, created an animated film that celebrates a very important event in the UAE, Hag- El Laila, an annual traditional cultural occasion celebrated by UAE children to mark the arrival of the month of Ramadan. Khalid presents at the exhibition an anime video which celebrates this special event.

Sumayya Al Suwaidi, Community Events Manager at Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, said: “ The Comic Craze exhibition represents our commitment to nurture the creative minds of emerging artists, curators and the young generation that use different methods of art that are more contemporary to speak to a new era of audiences. We will continue to provide support, resources, and platforms that will encourage and strengthen art practices and talents in the UAE across traditional and more contemporary genres.”

Free. Thu Sep 24-Tue Oct 19, 5pm-9pm. Al Qattara Arts Centre, Al Ain (03 711 8225).

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