Hesham Malik: Mon Amour

Destination Heart by Hesham Malik.  Courtesy of the artist
Destination Heart by Hesham Malik. Courtesy of the artist

Mon Amour at the Alliance Francaise in Dubai is one of the rare occasions that you can catch Hesham Malik’s art in public. The Bahraini-born Indian artist usually exhibits to private collectors, and other than a small show at The H Hotel last year, Malik’s work is not often displayed.

However, he says he is now looking for different audiences and wants more people to see and appreciate the concept behind his often abstract paintings.

“My work in this show is about cultures coming together,” he says. “Where language is not a barrier and art connects them.”

The show features many works Malik completed during his extensive travels of the world. They vary greatly from Seis Musicos, a painting he made on a trip to Barcelona where he was connecting with musicians to Jnanaamritan: The Immortality of Knowledge, a series he painted of the Sadhu Hindus or Naga Babas in India. There is also a painting of a mother and child in a village in Kenya and one inspired by the ancient rituals in Egypt.

“I find inspiration everywhere,” explains Malik. “That’s why I named the show Mon Amour, it is to express my love for all cultures.”

This exhibition is a chance to see some beautiful abstract art and at the same time, have the chance to traverse a plethora of cultures in just one visit.

* Mon Amour runs until June 5th at Alliance Francaise, Oud Metha, Dubai. For more details visit the website

Published: May 26, 2014 04:00 AM