About The Work
Shaikha Al Mazrou’s brightly coloured geometric metal sculptures play with positive and negative tension and illusions of colour and material. Her Untitled (hexagons) (2019) relate closely to Vasarely’s works such as Hommage to the Hexagon (1969) set of prints and related sculptures in the Jeddah Sculpture Museum. However, Al Mazrou’s irreverent use of material highlights the apparent contradictions between hard-edged straight lines and the crumpled forms of the steel sculptures - conceived to resemble something soft, pliable or ephemeral.
Shaikha Al Mazrou
Shaikha Al Mazrou (b. 1988, UAE) received her Masters in 2014 at the Chelsea College of Fine Art, University of the Arts, London where she was awarded the prestigious MFA Student Prize. Prior to that she studied at the College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah where she is currently a Sculpture Lecturer.
Recent solo exhibitions include Rearranging the Riddle, Maraya Art Centre Sharjah, Sharjah (2020), Expansion/Extension, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai (2019), Solo Projects, Abu Dhabi Art with Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai (2018).
She has participated in a number of group exhibitions including: MATERIALIZE, Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai (2019), Artissima, Dialogue section, with Lawrie Shabibi, Torino (2018), From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the MACBA Art Collection in Dialogue with the Emirates, organised by ADMAF, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi (2018); Beyond: Emerging Artists, Abu Dhabi Art (2017); Art of Nature, Abu Dhabi Festival, Umm Al Emarat Park, Abu Dhabi (2017); Homage Without An Homage, curated by Cristiana De Marchi, Art Dubai, Julius Baer Lounge, Dubai (2017); Faculty Show, Al Rewaq Gallery, College of Fine Art, University of Sharjah, Sharjah (2017); Abu Dhabi Art, with Lawrie Shabibi, Abu Dhabi (2016); Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, Bolivar Art Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA (2016).
Shaikha Al Mazrou is a finalist of Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize. The exhibition is tentatively scheduled to be held at Galeria Municipal, Porto, Portugal in September 2020.
Lawrie Shabibi is a contemporary art gallery housed in Dubai's Alserkal Avenue. The gallery supports the long-term development of the careers of young international contemporary artists with a focus on those from the Middle East and North Africa. The gallery also organizes art historical exhibitions working with an older generation of artists from the region. Liaising with curators, institutions, museums and collectors the gallery has successfully introduced international artists to the region whilst at the same time presented Middle Eastern artists to the international contemporary arts community. By holding a regular programme of exhibitions, screenings and talks, publishing catalogues and participating in international art fairs, Lawrie Shabibi has since 2011, been a forerunner in the development of the contemporary art scene in Dubai.