One of the first things you’ll notice when moving to Abu Dhabi is how friendly the residents are.
You’ll soon start to make friends in the most unlikely places, and make connections with people throughout the city.
The three artists behind the upcoming Colourscapes art exhibition also met in the UAE’s capital.
Rachel Emmett, Unni Kriens and Josef Holmes first started chatting at an exhibition hosted at the twofour54 complex in 2017, and since then they have become firm friends.
Fast forward to the present day and they are about to hold a show together. It’s amazing how these things happen isn’t it?
Opening at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr on November 14, Colourscapes is a celebration of their shared love for vibrant colours in art and photography.
The collection contains many pieces of fine and contemporary art, and it encompasses both Arabian and European themes.
Although the artists have a shared appreciation for powerful art, they have very different backgrounds.
Rachel Emmett is a British artist who has been living in the Middle East since 2009. After studying art in college she held multiple exhibitions across the UK, as well as in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi.
She cites her influences as being from the late 20th century, and she admires the works of Spanish legends Picasso and Dalí, as well as other contemporary artists.
In order to create different styles and moods in her art, she’ll often switch between working in monochrome and bold colour.
With a fondness for nature, sunsets, clouds and stars, her main aim is to create pieces of art that are moving and impactful.
Meanwhile, Unni Kriens is a Norwegian artist who has already been featured in multiple exhibitions in the capital.
A keen painter since she was a child, she is inspired by several great painters from her home country such as Edvard Munch and Harald Sohlberg.
Known for her diverse, abstract and experimental techniques, Kriens always aims to create art that tells her story. She also wants her pieces to remind the viewer of some of their fondest memories.
And last but certainly not least, Josef Holmes is a half-English, half-Danish photographer. Born in Herefordshire, England, he has lived in Abu Dhabi since April 2011.
After moving here he quickly became captivated by the awesome beauty and diversity of the UAE, and his work is inspired by the staggering silence of the desert and the almost surreal blend of ultra-modern and traditional architecture. Specialising in landscape photography, his images are designed to transport the viewer to a particular place and moment in time.
The opening reception for Colourscapes will be held on November 14 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The event is free to enter and all three artists will be attending.
The exhibition itself will run at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr until the end of November so don’t miss it.
Free. Nov 14 7.30pm-9.30pm (exhibition open throughout November). Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3333).