“Blue Eyed Boy” was inspired by a photograph I took while enjoying lunch at a restaurant in Old Havana. There were a few children in the plaza playing and running around after school. Through all the laughter there was a little boy that caught my eye. He seemed to be very deep in thought, and I wanted to capture that in my art.
I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used a variety of different recycled materials to represent a cloud. The blue and white are the shades for the clouds, and represent the boy with his head in those clouds.
Title: “Blue Eyed Boy”
Dimensions: 500mm x 700mm
Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Wedding invitation, Milk and cereal boxes, water bottle wrappers )
“Reuse, Recycle, Rehumanize” was inspired by a photo I took a few years back in South Africa. She looked so peaceful, calm, and at that moment it seemed like all her troubles lifted from her shoulders, and she could reach for the stars. I wanted to capture that moment in my art too, and encourage other women to also reach for the stars.
I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled Nespresso capsules and Softi candy wrappers. The recycled items are arranged to create a colourful pattern that adds to the beauty and vibrancy of the woman. The title of the piece is my way of asking people to think about what they are doing and instead of throwing things away and writing people off why not “Reuse, Recycle, and Rehumanize” wherever possible and do something you are proud off.
Title: “Reuse, Recycle, Rehumanize”
Dimensions: 610mm x 460mm
Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Nespresso Capsules, Softi Candy Wrappers)
Sold, in a private art collection
28 November – 23 December 2017
An Art Exhibition showcasing the work of South African artist, Mariska Nell and Johan Alberts, inspired by their
South African roots and their journey to the UAE. hosted by Our Space.
Art Meets Coffee
16 -30 November 2017
An Art Exhibition inspired by Art Meets Coffee hosted by BookMunch
TechStars Startup Weekend 2017
16-18 November 2017
An Art Exhibition hosted by Our Space during the TechStars Startup Weekend.
Wall of Happiness
2 November 2017 – 31 January 2018
An Art Exhibition organized by ZeeArts Community, curated by Zaahirah Muthy, inaugurated by President Ameenah Gurib and hosted by Rgallery by Sofitel, The Retreat Palm, Dubai.
4-9 September 2017
An Art Exhibition hosted and organised by Cartoon Art Gallery.
For the interview of fellow artist Ahmed Alfalasi with Fujerah TV Team click here
DXB to Somaal, A Charity Art Exhibition
20 – 23 June 2017
An Art Exhibition, in support of the Emirates Red Crescent, and their efforts in Somalia, hosted by The Workshop gallery, Jumeirah and organised by The Ajala Project.
For the video of the opening night, click here.
Artist Avenue, Index Exhibition as part of the DAF group
22 – 25 May 2017
The Artist Avenue was an art gallery as part of the Index exhibition and specifically created for artist and galleries looking for exposure in the interior design field. The four-day event (22 – 25 May 2017) hosted over 60 artist and galleries. Throughout the event, there were more than 25,000 attendees over the four-day exhibitions from design professionals, art procurement managers, as well as consumer and commercial art buyers.
Amirah Ji, 1 December 2017
Thank you to Amirah Ji for the wonderful article, “A Great Cup of Coffee Surrounded By Mariska Nell’s Art”
Read the full article here.
I do appreciate a poetically placed cup of coffee. Some ricotta pancakes to go with my first cup to start me off on the first few chapters of my read. Maybe some cozy egg sandwiches and a cinnamon latte once I’m a little deeper into the plot and (sighs)…. just writing about it is giving me a fuzzy and warm feeling inside.
There’s an Art Meets Coffee Exhibition Series running at Book Munch Cafe in Wasl Square and it’s just the kind of place I’d like my poetically placed cup of caffeine and munch. Especially because Mariska Nell chose to showcase her artwork in such a wonderful setting!
Her work is composed of repurposed Nespresso Capsules. The outcome is glorious and the images are stirring. Just the concept of experiencing a Cafe transformed (even a little bit) into an Art Gallery is an act of universal justice especially if it leads to the five times, award-winning Cafe being laced by conversation-inducing art. Mariska Nell’s creations succeed at that.
Mariska is also exhibiting at Our Space in the Lamborghini Building on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai for your viewing pleasure.