Elise Vazelakis for Dubai Culture Outdoor Art Project


Elise Vazelakis was one of twelve UAE artists selected for the endeavor. This year’s ‘Outdoor Art Project’ launched by Dubai Culture, in partnership with Dubai Properties Group (DPG) and will be unveiled to the public on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at an evening reception from 5-9pm.

“When chosen for the Dubai Cultural project, I knew immediately that the Mashrabiya latticed screen would be the cornerstone of my installation. A contemporary interpretation of this traditional motif was the perfect component to represent how I view Dubai and its cultural individuality,” says Vazelakis.

Vazelakis’ painted metal Mashrabiya is re-imagined in the form of a large-scale, brightly colored sculptural installation. “The goal was to create a work that signified a unifying theme of extremes comparing the beauty and the diversity of Dubai. The prism of colors and strength of the materials used in the installation symbolize the vibrant energy of Dubai.”

Inspired by the iconic imagery of antiquities, artist, Elise Vazelakis creates abstract oil paintings juxtaposing Islamic geometric and arabesque motifs layered in a kaleidoscope of color and light. Her large-scale paintings are characterized by their strikingly bold use of vibrant color and an interplay of images and patterns that creates a unique, multi-dimensional perspective.

Elise Vazelakis is an American artist from Malibu California currently living in Dubai. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at galleries in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In March 2012 she had her first Dubai solo exhibition in the Al Quoz art district. Her work is also in numerous private collections in across the United States, Greece and Dubai.

In addition to the Dubai Culture’s “Outdoor Art Project,” Elise was commissioned by the City of Malibu to paint a mural at the Michael Landon Center. Accomplishments also include First Place for her Marble Sculpture presented by the Malibu Art Association.


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