For the Love of Art

Art comes in various shapes and forms. Whether it was the tremendous SIKKA14 event of Dubai Art Season or simply visiting the malls and admiring the showcase displays, art always attracts me. Talking about art, this blog is for the love of art & dedicated to one of my favorite creatives of all times – a very talented artist, Irfan H. Mirza.

Irfan is a contemporary versatile artist and calligrapher, based in Saint Louis, Missouri. He is amazing at putting imagination onto the canvas. Through his profound aesthetic sense, he experiments with various forms of art like abstract, conceptual, figurative, landscape, cityscape, digital, and calligraphy (i.e. art of writing). He uses oil paint and acrylic as a medium to visualize his artistic creations. Inspired by nature and spirituality, the work itself illustrates his mystical series of art.

calligraphy, digital art, painting

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” – Oscar Wilde

Irfan’s work highly speaks of his creativity and I personally am a big fan of his exceptional calligraphy. With thoughtful use of colors and strokes, he makes the religious verses, quotes, and/or abstract – anything & everything – even more captivating.

His work has been showcased, admired, and got attention internationally by various galleries and private collectors. I can’t express how excited I am that he’s exhibiting his latest work – The NUKTA (Dot) Series of Calligraphy – in Dubai within 2 days. I can’t wait to purchase a huge canvas for my living room & would like to invite my blog readers to come and see his exceptional work.

Date: August 13 & 14, 2014
Venue:  Mussawir Art Gallery, Al Qouz, Dubai
Time: 7 pm – 10:30 pm

Visit Irfan’s Facebook page or click here to watch a video clip of his work.

Hope to see you at the exhibit.

Cheers!

Missouri Part 3 – Botanical Garden

‘April showers bring May flowers’ but you’ll find mother nature awfully kind to Missouri’s Botanical Garden because I found gorgeous flowers there even in the beginning of April. It was my first time visiting a botanical garden, everrrrrr, which made it a lot more fun to go around, witness, smell, & photograph the beauty of nature in the form of beautiful, unique, (and weird) flowers/plants. Even the leaf-less tress were so gorgeous that I couldn’t resist capturing their photos.  This is my last post of Missouri because I will be visiting & photographing New York City tomorrow but I just had to share some of the photos from the trip.

 

Be like a flower that gives its fragrance to even the hand that crushes it – Imam Ali

 

I’ll write/share photos of NYC but until then, keep spreading the colors of love!

Missouri Part 2 – The Cave State

Missouri is also known as the Cave State.  Always inspired by nature, I knew I had to go visit the caves.  Beneath the fertile rolling hills of the Meramec Valley, lies a complex of mineral formations and color as rare and unique as they are beautiful, Missouri’s buried treasure. These jewels of nature which took thousands of years to grow, are preserved in the spectacular sights of Meramec Caverns. It was fun to learn how the ancient limestone “Wine Table” and an entire 7-story mansion were built….all underground. We witnessed both the rarest and largest cave formations in the world. 

I will see you with another colorful blog post soon.

Have a great weekend!

– Rima

Missouri Part 1 – The Gateway Arch

This is my third trip to Missouri, the Cave State. I flew alone when I visited my in-laws last two times. This trip is special because my husband came to USA for the first time. I’m enjoying looking at things through his eyes. Also, I got to see/do a lot more fun things such as visit the Arch, Bison Park, Duck Park, Creve Coeur Lake, Botanical Garden, Meramec Caverns, and the highlight of the entire trip as of yet is {family bbq} Zip-Lining.

Although Missouri’s weather changes even faster than New Jersey, the day we visited the arch was cloudy but gorgeousssss! With Mississippi river flowing on one side, the arch will leave you in awe. Following are some of the photos of the massive 630 feet high beautiful structure made of steel and concrete, costing $13,420,168.

More adventures from our Missouri trip will be up on the blog soon. Until then keep exploring!

– Rima