What is art without heart? Painting devoid of passion? The emotion invested in every brush stroke is the driving force behind a new exhibition going on display at one of the freshest art spaces in the city.
N2N Gallery, formerly based at Nation Towers Galleria, is playing host to its first major exhibition since it made the move to brand-new premises at Al Ain Tower, in Khalidiya, in September.
While the gallery has new surroundings, it still has a firm focus on showcasing the work of Eastern European artists.
A new collection of oil paintings from acclaimed Crimea-born artist Ramazan Useinov, who has found a strong following for his work thousands of miles away from home in the UAE capital, is inspired by Useinov’s desire to express the power of emotions and feelings that have shaped his life, through his art.
Useinov brings a rainbow of sentiments to his thought-provoking collection, Art Shaped By The Heart, evoking a range from joy to melancholy and the contrast between light and darkness in every layer of colour splashed on a canvas.
An N2N Gallery spokesperson says: “The colour gained by a deep knowledge is one of the most prominent principles of Useinov’s art. It’s precisely this exuberance with the colour, and its use, that proves how much emotion leads him in the creativity.
“The palette is warm and it intensifies, with clear tones of earth where textured surfaces add expressiveness to the paintings. Sometimes it explodes with bright, glowing, joyful colors of the rainbow.
“Ramazan Useinov’s art brings a lot of motifs and thus limitless possibilities of stylistic expressions – it connects East and West, light and darkness.”
Useinov’s art is also deeply influenced by his own personal journey, both philosophically and physically back to the place where is own heart belongs, Crimea.
Coming from a family forced to abandon their homeland, he was brought up in the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan before honing his creative skills as an art student in the nation’s capital of Tashkent.
In 1993, Useinov finally connected with his roots by moving to Crimea, and much of his work over the years celebrates this life-long love of his native land.
The much-respected master of his craft was awarded the prestigious title of an Honoured Artist of Ukraine in 2009 and his striking works of art adorn the walls of museums in Tashkent and Samarkand and Moscow and are kept in private collections across Europe, Asia and America.
Abu Dhabi, and the N2N Gallery in particular, is another welcoming home for his talents. Art straight from the heart is embraced in the emirate.
Free. Until Jan 8. Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Sat 2pm-10pm. Al Ain Tower, Khalidiya, email@example.com.