Daman Art Editions
Daman's art scholarship initiative was established in 2011. Every year we invite talented UAE-based artists to take up a residency at the Art House in Düsseldorf, Germany in co-operation with Lepsien Art Foundation.
As part of their residencies, the artists create beautiful, exclusive artworks using serigraphy, silkscreen printing and other techniques to cover themes such as Eid and New Year, often using traditional Emirati motifs.
Each limited-edition artwork is individually dated, numbered, and signed by hand.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: AMAL AL KHAJAH
Amal Al Khajah was born 1990 in Sharjah, UAE, where she currently resides. She studied at Zayed University in Dubai and completed her studies with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2013. She has been awarded the Salama Bint Hamdan Emerging Artist Fellowship in collaboration with Rhode Island School of Design, Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2016. Furthermore, she has received several nominations and awards in the past years, e. g. the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award, where she won the 2nd place in Visual Art Category in Dubai.
Amal is part of the “younger generation” of visual artists in the UAE that have received growing recognition over the past years. Her works were shown in several exhibitions in the UAE, for example during the Emirates Fine Art Society Annual Exhibition in the Sharjah Art Museum in 2013, and abroad (e. g. Venice Biennale in 2011 in Italy).
For Amal, her very personal experience is the nucleus of her inspiration and the powerful source from where her artistic work and language derives. She has successfully developed her own and specific artistic language over the past years, using symbols and elements with cultural or historical meaning to create her new, mainly abstract compositions and installations. Wherever she goes, she is collecting one stone and taking it home. Back home, all these stones are lined up on a large shelf marked with the names of the location they have been taken from. In some of Amal`s works, the outline of these stones can be found.
Take a lively tour through Amal’s stay at the Art House Düsseldorf, Germany and see how this lovely art piece has been produced:www.lepsien-art-foundation.com
ABOUT THE ARTIST: HAMDAN BUTI AL SHAMSI
Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi was born 1981 in Al Ain, UAE, where he currently resides. Hamdan is a self-taught artist, photographer, graphic designer and writer. Since he was a young child he has been fascinated and attracted by art. His mother used to call him “Qurtas” (sheets of papers) because his only focus was on the colouring books each time he went to the grocery store. He has won a prize during his primary education and in the following years he received many appreciation certificates. Furthermore, he has won the first prize in drawing and short story writing as a young undergraduate at UAE University.
Driven by his growing interest and passion for art, he has successfully developed his own and specific artistic language over the past years. By combining traditional and modern media and techniques, his artworks are reflecting changes in tradition, culture and society. In his approach to art, Hamdan quotes John Updike, 'What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.'