Highlights from the Gypsum Gallery at London’s Frieze Art Fair

Gypsum Gallery is a solo booth by Tamara Al-Samerraei, a Kuwaiti-born artist. (Supplied)
Updated 07 October 2019

Highlights from the Gypsum Gallery at London’s Frieze Art Fair

DUBAI: Here are some highlights from Gypsum Gallery’s solo booth by Tamara Al-Samerraei, on show at London’s Frieze Art Fair until Oct. 6. 

‘Jungle’ (2019)

Kuwait-born, Beirut-based painter Tamara Al-Samerraei is representing Cairo-based Gypsum Gallery at London’s prestigious art fair. Al-Samerraei’s work is, the gallery says, “often triggered by photographs from her personal archive and from the public domain.” Inspiration can come from film stills, Internet searches, or found photographs.

‘Living Room II’ (2016)

Al-Samerraei “depicts indoor and outdoor spaces, objects, and figures that are stripped of everything except their bare essence,” Gypsum’s press release for Frieze states. “Her details are vague, and pigments take on the appearance of discoloration — or the inverse of it.”

‘Night Shrub’ (2018)

This painting from last year is typical of Al-Samerraei’s tendency to imply “outside interference from the margin of the canvas into the frame,” the statement explains. “Like a spectral vision, we register a palpable presence even when we can’t physically see it.”


British-Lebanese influencer Carol Hannoun looks back at Paris Couture Week

The trend-setter shared what it’s really like to get caught up in the madness of fashion week. (Instagram)
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British-Lebanese influencer Carol Hannoun looks back at Paris Couture Week

DUBAI: We caught up with the British-Lebanese fashion influencer Carol Hannoun, who was spotted dashing around the streets of the French capital for Paris Couture Week. The trend-setter shared what it’s really like to get caught up in the madness of fashion week.

Hannoun’s day at Paris Couture Week starts off “very” early. She gets her hair and make-up done and hits the road to take a few shots of her look while the sun shines on her put-together looks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Black is the new Black! On my way to @zuhairmuradofficial Photo Credits: @zackary.art @humanagementme

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“After the morning shows I rush back to my hotel, grab a quick bite if possible and change into my second look of the day,” Hannoun told Arab News. “Once all my shows and presentations are done, I like to change into something comfortable and have a cozy dinner with my friends.”

The blogger said she looks forward to attending Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad’s shows. “I personally think his designs are always so elegant, strong, sexy and feminine at the same time,” she explained.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The world is your runway! Photo Credits: @zackary.art @humanagementme #parisfashionweek #pariscoutureweek

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This year, Hannoun said she wanted to support and showcase some up and coming “Lebanese designers and Lebanese stores who are so talented.”

According to the style icon, Arab designers stand out from western designers at Paris Couture Week because they understand the ways in which “Arab women like to flatter their figures.” “Lately we have been witnessing Arab designers dominating the red carpets in Hollywood and that says a lot,” she added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hannoun, who is also an image consultant, grew up and studied in London. She received a degree in communication and training in fashion, design and shopping at the London College of Fashion, which has given her all she needs to pursue this career.