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INSPIRED BY DIVINITY
by Manjula Ramakrishnan
MAY 31 JUNE 2019
JUST LIKE EVERY RAMADAN, PAINTER ART NOOR'S CURRENT EXHIBITION, INSPIRED BY THE 99 NAMES OF ALLAH, IS ON DISPLAY AT VARIOUS MALLS IN DUBAI
The painting exhibition of Art Noor during Ramadan reinforces the strong bond that UAE has with traditions and culture. This year, Noor has two exhibitions running simultaneously - Alive99 at Dubai Mall and Sublime99 at Dubai Marina Mall, in addition to his brand new LED show at Bari Khalifa.
On display are 133 latest paintings of the 99 Names of Allah a subject that he is widely known and acclaimed for.
He has done 11 solo exhibitions on this subject during the past 16 years, after his first solo exhibition was organised by Directorate of Art, Sharjah, in 2004, and drew a lot of attention. What makes him sustain the dedication on the 99 names for more than 15 years, is a subject Panorama sets out to explore.
How has the transition been from an advertising professional to a full-time artist?
It is all about motivation. If one is passionate about something and is willing to make sacrifices to pursue that, then hard work becomes bearable. I paint because I love to paint, and I give a 100 per cent to it. It was difficult in the beginning and I missed all the perks, but once I started to enjoy simpler things of life and painting, it turned out to be a great swap.
So where does the motivation come from?
My main motivation is to see an artwork taking birth from nothing; then acquiring a life and mind of its own. It's an amazing experience for me because I do not have any predetermined set of parameters to con-fine that artwork within. The spiritual subject like the 99 Names requires meditative and contemplative zone. That's why I work in absolute silence, usually starting early in the morning. And once I get going, it keeps flowing.
What is your preferred pattern of work?
I have at least three patterns which I keep alternating depending Oil the weather, need or my feeling. The first one is the Early Bird. It begins at lam and ends at 4pm. The second is the Night Owl - It begins at 5pm Mid ends at 4am. The third one is more like Scattered Bursts - which has no fixed time and begins anytime and doesn't end for days. I don't organise my activities. I let them organise me.
What kind of mediums do you use?
In spite of my love for oils, because of the quality of pigments and its classical feel, like most artists I end up using acrylics more often. They are fast drying and one can do many layers in a single day. While with oils one has wait for weeks. I also have been making my own version of acrylics with many additives to create texture and body. For some of my work I also use many unconventional mediums like sand, coal, along with other compounds. Sometimes I use compressed air to spray paint.
What have your paintings taught you?
One of the great lessons painting can teach you is not to be afraid of making mistakes. Every mistake is a doorway which leads to some discovery. Every flawed attempt gets one closer to the desired outcome. This realisation really helps me every day. I strive for excellence but not perfection. We all make mistakes, dozens of them. The trick lies in finding the opportunity in that debacle.
Are there any more subjects other than the 99 Names of Allah that you have done?
Ruminiscence was a series based on Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi's verses of love, which I started in 2014 and had an exhibition in 2016 with 50 or so paintings on that subject. I have done some more work on that subject and would love to exhibit some more of these later this year. I have started work on smaller scale works and will have them ready in the coming months.
How good are current times for young and evolving artists?
Young artists are living in great times. With social media at their tips and millions of free learning resources online, they can do, and achieve whatever discipline takes their fancy with more ease than ever. For those in UAE, it's a promising time ahead because I think this country will emerge as a unique and multicultural art capital of the region.
Do you meticulously plan for the future or prefer to go with the flow?
I believe in living in the moment and don't think too much about the future. But for sure, I want to work on an international show, which will go to dozen or so countries. I am working on a new book too, which is expected to be ready by the year end. Let's see how the life unfolds; in Arabic there's a beautiful term describing this attitude 'Maktoob.'
It means 'it’s written.'
PANORAMA, MAY 31
JUNE 06, 2019
Art Noor's SpiritFest99 at DFC
This year, Aslam Noor, widely known as Art Noor has set a gigantic 10m x 2m canvas at Dubai Festival City Mall, and undertaken to Live Paint not only one but 4 of those during the month of Ramadan.
Art Noor's SpiritFest99 at Dubai Festival City
This year, Aslam Noor, who widely known as Art Noor has set a gigantic 10m x 2m canvas at Dubai Festival City Mall, and undertaken to Live Paint not only one but 4 of those during the month of Ramadan.
The Ramadan inspired LED show that Noor designed and produced for Burj Khalifa depicting the divine names, which was chosen to be played on the façade of the world’s tallest tower many times in the evening, during the whole month of Ramadan.
Celebration of "The Eternal Life"
The rhythm of life is expressed through colour harmonies and contrasts. "It is a ceaseless flow. Old leaves die, new ones take their place. Emotions, passions, and vulnerabilities coexist on the canvas and across many canvases."
"Retrospective" at Studio 7 Gallery
At “ArtNoor Retrospective” visitors featured a wide genre of artworks that Noor has created, shedding light on the Artists Journey and for the first time a show has been so integrally planned to engage visitors.
For two consecutive years 2018 & 2019, Burj Khalifa showcased Art Noor's 99 Names of Allah series of paintings, via the multiple LED shows, that ran every day for the whole month of Ramadan. Noor reveals his insights in the interview with Art & Lusso.
The Inner Core
Being held at St Regis Dubai until July 2, the exhibits consist mainly of large scale works both in size and depth.Emphasising the need for learning to love one another.
Artistic Anedotes @ the Palm Dubai
Light & Love in an exhibiton of paintings by Art Noor at Sofitel. the Palm Dubai - In colleaboration of French owned Monda Gallery.
Noor Speaks to Panorama about his works and current exhibits.
Fragrance of Faith
Art Noor broke away from his highly successful corporate career in advertising in 2002 to dedicate his time to art, and more particularly, to all topics related to the Creator, and Love.
Inspired by Divinity
"One of the great lessons painting can teach you is not to be afraid of making mistakes. Every mistake is a doorway which leads to some
discovery. Every flawed attempt gets one closer to the desired outcome " Art Noor shares his process of creating.
Alive & Sublime 99
Alive and Sublime 99 shows by Art Noor – The latest Exhibition of paintings, Inspired by the glorious names of Allah at Dubai Mall and Marina Mall, have been on display through Ramadan,
Painting the Soul
Ruminiscence is a solo exhibition of thirty lyrical paintings by Art Noor, reflecting his admiration for the celebrated poet Rumi.
The paintings demonstrate the diversity of his artistic endeavours and the universality of his appeal.
The Anatomy of Fragrance
"He experiments with various styles and techniques and uses, for example, both wash and hard brushstrokes. But the spiritual dimensions of his work are selfevident, whatever the medium or technique."
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Solidarity, to help rebuild Kerala
".. Art Noor, famous for his abstract paintings based on Arabic calligraphy of Allah's
beautiful names, has offered one of those paintings or the cause."
Sailing in the Same Boat at #RAKFAF
Aslam (Art) Noor’s ‘Sailing in the Same Boat’ that started out as a live painting project in Abu Dhabi on a four-part canvas measuring 4mx1.5m. Reinterpreting the natural shape of the UAE map as a large dhow, sailing with many nationalities on board.
Wings of Light
Perhaps this is what Noor’s mission is. To touch the hearts with interpretations of the divine attributes through his memorable strokes of emotion and faith and put them in touch with the sacred within.
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