You know how they say everything is a superlative in Dubai? When I was there several years ago I came across the work of a young artist called Halum. He was using the most interesting techniques with fabric and size and pigments to create hangings and installations of incredible intricacy and beauty. But they were seriously expensive, and I suspect that even in Dubai sales were pretty few and far between.
Looking around the gallery it seemed he had come up with an ingenious alternative – assemble-able wall art of small representative pieces. Just too small, and simple, to be bought singly, or even as a pair, the magic combinations – three, five, six, nine, ten … thirty-two – must have seemed like gold.
Unfortunately I couldn’t muster the cash for that either, but I will always remember the hangings, in particular – exquisite. I hope his ingenious scheme provided – continues to provide – the funds to enable him to continue experimenting and creating.