The Emirates Through the Eyes of an Artist is the second title in Motivate’s new series of art books. Published with the support and encouragement of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited the main body of the book has been faithfully reproduced as a facsimile of one of British artist Trevor Waugh’s actual journals. The book includes paintings and quotations inspired by his travels along the length and breadth of the United Arab Emirates with his good friend, UAE-based film-maker Mike Shepley.
The result is much more than an intriguing book – it’s an intimate and colourful view of the United Arab Emirates through the eyes of an internationally acclaimed artist whose work is well known and in great demand in the UAE.
“We are delighted and privileged to have sponsored the publication of The Emirates Through the Eyes of an Artist, which so vibrantly documents the varied lives in the Emirates, as we celebrate 60 years of being in the country ourselves. Trevor Waugh delves into the psyche of life here in the Emirates in a way that compliments HSBC’s commitment to the region,” said Niall S K Booker, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited. “We have distributed a copy of this book to our customers to mark the Bank’s 60th anniversary and to all HSBC staff in the UAE as a token of appreciation for their hard work.”
“The publication of this superb work closely follows that of Faces of Oman, which was launched to great acclaim at the end of last Apart from the exquisite paintings, the book also takes the reader on a unique journey through all the emirates of the UAE – an odyssey that is as exciting as it is enchanting. And, of course, it is also an affordable option for those who aspire to own a Trevor Waugh painting but may find the originals a little too costly,” he concluded.
Trevor Waugh’s first visit to the United Arab Emirates came about through a chance meeting in the United Kingdom in 1994 with Majlis Gallery partner Alison Collins. Six months later he arrived in the dark at Dubai Airport and was swiftly transported by taxi to the gallery, where he was to be Artist in Residence for a month.
Trevor takes a journal or sketchbook with him wherever he goes. “It’s important to get the creative juices flowing right from the genesis of a painting,” he says, “and the journal brings back all the excitement of the subject as it was seen for the first time.
“Photographs, although expedient, always seem to disappoint; the wonderful scene or colours that I remember often seem to have lost something when the photograph comes back from processing, but that initial impression is captured in a journal. I have several types of painting journals, all consisting of hand-made watercolour paper bound with a hard-backed cover, as well as other books with drawing paper for pencil sketches.”
The Emirates Through the Eyes of An Artist contains 128 pages, is priced at Dhs 145 and can be purchased at www.booksarabia.com and all leading bookshops.
said Ian Fairservice, Managing Partner and Group Editor of Motivate Publishing.
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