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DBM’s Artist of the month 014 Ria Sharma

DBM artist of the month is the very talented cubist artist, Ria Sharma. We were able to meet this Indian born artist at her studio in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where she currently lives. Where we talked about art, civil engineering and her love for art.

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Clouds and Dirt

“Clouds and Dirt” is an artwork created for Gary Vaynerchuck, inspired by an old childhood photo of him and his mom. I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for the background I used a variety of different materials to represent his life.
The cork background is made from old corks that are hand cut in little triangles, represent his time working at his family liquor store, Wine Library.
The 5 is his favourite number made from old baseball card wrapping, represents him as a child selling baseball cards.
The clouds and dirt stripes. The dirt made from cork & paint and the blue from water bottle caps to represents his clouds and dirt sneakers and the short film that drock created.
The green plane made from woven green single-use plastic straws represents one of his big loves, the New York Jets.
There are two flags painted on Gary’s tie to represent that of Belarus, where he was born as well as the USA where he grew up and call home.

Title: “Clouds and Dirt”

Dimensions: 700mm x 500mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint Recycled cork, water bottle caps, baseball cards, straws)

Sold, in a private art collection.

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Emaar

“Emaar” was inspired by the founder and Chairman of Emaar Properties, H.E Mohamed Ali Alabbar, his vision for the future and what he has accomplished including developing the tallest tower and largest shopping centre in the world.
I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled Nespresso capsules. The Emaar logo inspires the design in the background with the gold and blue.

Title: “Emaar”
Dimensions: 600 x 400mm
Medium: Mixed Medium ( Acrylic Paint and Recycled Nespresso Capsules)

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52

“52” was inspired by Lonely Whale and their wonderful campaign, #Stopsucking. That has already saved so many straws from being used and ending up in the oceans. The Lonely Whale team are constantly working to ensure more people are aware of the effects of single-use plastic straws.

I wanted to create an art piece with their logo and use single-use plastic straws to create the entire piece. Some of the straws were collected during beach cleanups in Thailand and Dubai and others were collected from restaurants that wanted to stop the use of single-use plastic straws and no longer required them.

I used acrylic paint to paint the straws design of the border of the logo as well as the 52 and whale tail.

Title: “52”

Dimensions: 800mm x 800mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, Single-Use Plastic Straws)

Sold, in a private art collection.

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Every Drop Counts

Water is such a valuable resource that too many people take for granted every day. For a lot of us getting access to water is as easy opening one of the many faucets in our home. However, for around 600 million people it is not that easy and they have to travel long distances to get access to water and for all of these people “Every Drop Counts”.

I wanted people to experience the journey of water through my lamp. As you turn the valve, the lamp will lit up through the water drop lampshade, and the lighting and shadows will be cast reaching the ripple effect base. The ripple effect base is inspired by the ripple in Surge’s logo and the emphasis on the importance of every water drop has a direct connection with Surge and their wonderful water project they do around the world.

The majority of the materials that we use in the design was recycled elements. It is through these items that I want to make people aware of their waste and to realise how many things they throw away every day and to take a moment and see how you can reuse some of your waste as not all waste should be wasted.

Title: “Every Drop Counts

Dimensions: 460mm x 450mm x 1600mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Wire Frame, Copper Pipes, Valve, Recycled Nespresso Capsules)

Donated to Surge and auctioned off in a silent auction in Dubai.

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Be A Maverick

“Be A Maverick” was inspired by Logan Paul, his family and his beautiful sun conure, Maverick. I felt that he is doing such a fantastic job with his career and with his busy schedule always find time for the important people in his life 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 recycled Nespresso capsules in the shape and colour of Maverick’s wings.

Title: “Be A Maverick”

Dimensions: 500mm x 500mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, Recycled Nespresso Capsules)

Sold, in a private art collection.

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GCC Comes Into Being

GCC Comes Into Being was inspired by the May 26th, 1981 cover page of the Khaleej Times. In this painting, I portray Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan where he opens the summit meeting in Abu Dhabi.

In the background, I used recycled newspapers, and I depict a map of the GCC countries. The blue colour that I have used in the background is to symbolize the trust, loyalty and the wisdom and I wanted to emphasize the inherent cultural unity of the Gulf Arab States.

Title: “GCC Comes Into Being”

Dimensions: 800 x 600mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, Recycled Newspaper )

Sold, in a private art collection.

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