Lateefa bint Maktoum
Emirati artist Lateefa bint Maktoum has helped the UAE’s art scene blossom, founding Tashkeel, a ‘hub for the creative’, in Dubai in 2008, while her own work has been shown worldwide. Here, she talks about her inspirations and her hopes for the future of art in the UAE
When I started working, I turned to artists like Salvador Dalí for inspiration. I was really inspired by the surrealists and the way they worked and mixed colours
I don’t consider myself a photographer – more of a mixed-media artist. I have to paint in order to take pictures and I have to take pictures in order to paint. The two complement each other
In my early days as an artist it felt like people saw art as a hobby, whereas now it is considered a serious career path. Parents are encouraging their children to major in it
The artists’ community here is strong, we just need it to develop. Artists need to spend more time pushing their work further rather than focus on a few pieces that are successful. Artists must always create, regardless of whether they have an opportunity to exhibit
I like the idea of giving artists a space where they can come and build up their body of work. At Tashkeel we have a lot of students from university and when they come here it allows them to find their own voice without the restrictions of academia
My advice to artists trying to break out would be to always push yourself further than you think you can go. Always be uncomfortable; by that I mean be at the point where you are challenging yourself. It may feel difficult but it will take you further
29th March 2012, at 3.52pm
Madam Maktoum has spelled a philosophy that leads to achievements: ' ...push yourself further than you think you can go'. Go, move, act and stop not until you achieve what you dream to achieve. Relentless pursuit makes one deserve.
Madam's is a gem of an advice.
29th March 2012, at 9.49pm
i appreciate the respected artist Lateefa bint Maktoum for her seriousness and interest in the field of painting and founding Tashkeel, may i advice her to teach this art to her other women in UAE? and i feel it is the best for the women to express the feelings to world and get appreciation,in India when Moguls (muslim rulers) ruled the country wives of the rulers drawn very best paintings and now they were kept in various museums,so i may advice her to visit India and have look on the them, and i have rare paintings which is kept for sale. Mahabub basha shaikh from India