My Little Cupcake

My Little Cupcake was inspired by a photo that I took on a farm. I baked cupcakes for the children, through all the laughter this little girl had a sense of sadness about her. I wanted to capture this is my art

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait. For the background, I wanted to use a very bright colour to brighten up the mood of the little girl, and something that seems to brighten up a lot of peoples mood is shopping. Thanks to my mother’s shopping trip to Ted Baker I received one of their large green and purple shopping bags. I wanted to create the effect of a kaleidoscope with the two different colours that are captured to represent movement and makes you wonder what shape will be taken next if we were to rotate the cells to change the kaleidoscope.

Title: “My Little Cupcake”

Dimensions: 1000mm x 1000mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Ted Baker Shopping Bag)

My Little Cupcake was exhibited at The Art of Recycling,  Art Meets Coffee – BookMunch

 

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The Apple of My Eye

The Apple of My Eye was inspired by a photograph I took in 2009 of a friend’s daughters. The girl, Chanè was eating a toffee apple and had the most beautiful big eyes that just captivates you, 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 and Softi candy wrappers. The recycled materials were cut and arranged to form a pattern in an array of different colours. I want people to admire the beauty of the piece and to see waste in another light as waste should not be wasted but can be turned into something beautiful.

Title: “The Apple of My Eye”

Dimensions: 460mm x 610mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Nespresso Capsules, Softi Candy Wrappers)

The Apple of My Eye was exhibited at Artist AvenueArt Fiesta,  Art Meets Coffee – BookMunch

 

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Reuse, Recycle, Rehumanize

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)

Reuse, Recycle, Rehumanize was exhibited at Artist AvenueDXB to Somaal, Huwiyyati

Sold, in a private art collection

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TechStars Startup Weekend 2017, an Art Exhibition hosted by Our Space during the TechStars Startup Weekend.

TechStars Startup Weekend 2017

16-18 November 2017

An Art Exhibition hosted by Our Space during the TechStars Startup Weekend.

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included Beauty and The Bean, Blood is Thicker than Water, Blue Eyed Boy, Coffee Addiction Lamp, Desert Rose, Green with Envy, I’ll always have someone watching over me, It’s All About The Journey, Marching On, Milibangalala Menina, The Father of a Nation, Trumpeting at the Fair, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, What Else Danny, What Else George, What Else Penelope and Young Love.

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Art and Headlines, an intriguing visual interpretation of iconic Khaleej Times front pages by local artists, hosted by Andakulova gallery.

Art and Headlines

16-22 November

An intriguing visual interpretation of iconic Khaleej Times front pages by local artists, hosted by Andakulova gallery and inaugurated by Mr. Yasser Al Gergawi, Director of Cultural Events, Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included GCC Comes Into Being.

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Wall of Happiness, an Art Exhibition organized by ZeeArts Community, curated by Zaahirah Muthy and hosted by Mgallery by Sofitel, The Retreat Palm, Dubai

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.

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

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DXB to Somaal, A Charity Art Exhibition

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.

 The artwork exhibited by Mariska included On Route To UhuruReuse, Recycle, Rehumanize.


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Artist Avenue, Index Exhibition as part of the DAF group

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 as well as galleries. Throughout the event, there were more than 25,000 attendees over the four-day exhibition. The attendees included design professionals, art procurement managers, as well as consumer and commercial art buyers.

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included Beauty and The BeanCoffee Addiction Lamp,  MoshanyanaOn Route To Uhuru, Reuse, Recycle, RehumanizeThe Apple of my Eye and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

 

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Amirah Ji, A Great Cup of Coffee Surrounded By Mariska Nell’s Art

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. 

A Great Cup Of Coffee Surrounded By Mariska Nell’s Art

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.

Khaleej Times, Khaleej Times hosts spectacular Art and Headlines exhibition in Dubai.

Khaleej Times, 26 November 2017

Thank you to Khaleej Times, for the wonderful article, “Khaleej Times hosts spectacular Art and Headlines exhibition in Dubai.”

Read the full article here.

“Khaleej Times’ hosts spectacular ‘Art and Headlines’ exhibition in Dubai.

Khaleej Times, the nation’s oldest English Newspaper, hosted a collaborative art exhibition ‘Art and Headlines’ at Andakulova Gallery on November 16, 2017 at DIFC, Dubai, UAE.

The exhibition showcased 13 iconic pages of Khaleej Times from the last four decades — an intriguing visual interpretation of iconic Khaleej Times front pages by exemplary artists.

The artists portrayed their interpretation of the front page in various types of art – conceptual, functional art, acrylic painting, watercolour, conceptual, charcoal painting, graffiti, and mixed mediums.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. Yasser Al Gergawi, Director of Cultural Events, Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development; Vipul – Consul General of India; Charitha Yattogoda, Consul General of Sri Lanka, and Dato Yubazlan Haji Yusof – Consul General of Malaysia.

Speaking about this unique idea, Vinay Kamat, Editor, Khaleej Times, stated, “There is a thin line between news and creativity. News inspires art and art inspires news. Khaleej Times‘ initiative brings the blur into focus, showcasing the unique contribution of newspapers to art and art’s own stamp on newspapers. The influence of news makes art contemporary, contextual and impresssionistic.”

Speaking about this unique concept, Ravi Raman, Senior Vice President at Khaleej Times, said “These are truly special pages both of Khaleej Times and the nation, we are truly pleased to see talented artists create their renditions of it.”

The artists at this exhibition come from diverse cultures and nationalities. Through the language of art, each artist can express and share their uniqueness with the world.

Speaking about this exceptional concept, the artists stated, “Khaleej Times has provided a unique platform to us to display our distinctiveness and imaginations in the form of our varied creations.”

Natalya Andakulova, Owner/Founder of the Andakulova Gallery, stated, “Andakulova Gallery has always striven to bring the richness of Central Asian art to art lovers and the general public of this region. We are pleased and honoured to host this unique event in collaboration with Khaleej Times. I think this initiative will go a long way in building bridges between the Central Asia and MENA regions.”

Khaleej Times’ art exhibition was supported by The Art of Shaving, unrivaled products that elevate shaving from an act to an art and Canvas Magazine, a premier magazine for art and culture from the Middle East and Arab World.

Asad Raza Khan, International Markets Leader, The Art of Shaving stated “The Art of Shaving is proud to be associated with such a fantastic event. Khaleej Times has been one of the pioneer’s in media in UAE and it is nice to see them come together with local artists to celebrate the history and heritage of UAE via headlines and art. UAE has a rich history which many people are still not familiar with and this is an innovative platform for many people to learn more about this wonderful nation and its journey.”

Artists names and specializations

– Ms. Sana Sajan, a modern contemporary and Islamic calligraphy artist, used acrylic and mixed medium for her art and recreated Oil struck in new Dubai well –  27/02/1980

– Ms. Minisha Bhardwaj, a charcoal and portrait artist recreated His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, becomes Dubai Ruler – 5/1/2006

– Ms. Mariska Nell, a recycled products and mixed media artist recreated GCC first meeting is held – 26/5/1981

– Mr. Thankachen Kumaran, an artist specialising in architectural, contemporary, and abstract recreated Dubai Metro launched – 10/09/09

– Ms. Elizabeth Bruce, specialized in portraits inspired by colours, light, recreated World’s largest Dubai Mall opens – 4/11/2008

. Ms. Zaahirah Muthy, a mixed media artist specialising in feet painting, recreated Khalifa inaugurates world’s largest plant, hails Shams 1 as an outstanding achievement, dated 18/03/2013

– Dr. Yaser Habrawi, a portrait artist, recreated His Highness Sheikh Khalifa becomes President – 4/11/2004

– Ms. Muneera Al Abbadi, a mixed media artist recreated Khaleej Times is born- 16/4/1978

– Mr. Charlie Villagracia, specialising in conceptual, surrealism, and acrylics recreated Emirates airline is launched – 24/10/1985

– Ms. Mrinmay Sebastian, specialising in watercolours and realistic work recreated Dubai Canal unveiled – 10/11/16

– Mr. Ahmed Rukni, an acrylic artist recreated Burj Khalifa is inaugurated – 5/1/2010

– Ms. Kasia Dzikowska, specialising in watercolour and acrylic recreated UAE announces ‘Mars 2117’ project to establish first mini-city on Mars – 15/02/2017

– Ms. Rafah Abdul Razzak, drawing, oil painting, acrylic charcoal, graffiti, and watercolour artist recreated Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum wins UAE’s first Olympic gold – 18/08/2004 “