Omani-based artist's work for display at top UK show

THE award-winning Omani based, Iraqi-British artist Estabrak Al-Ansari has had an example of her underwater photographic works taken in the Sultanate selected for this year's world famous Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, to be held in London, UK, later this summer.

The Royal Academy of Arts is among the most internationally prestigious and recognised art venues, hosting some of the most famous of artistic names both of past and present. Works by current artworld sensation Ai Weiwei can be found as well as works by Matisse and Monet.

Estabrak Al-Ansari's winning photograph "Sayed" (meaning "Master" in Arabic) is part of a series of her on-going collection called 'Omanis' Under Water' (OUW), as shown above.

This is the first part of a much larger, global project by Estabrak Al-ANsari, shown below right, with a portrait, imagining environments through the worlds connecting by the sea. It is a project she wishes to continue to help raise much needed questions and dialogues about silenced and often ignored realities.

Award-winning artist Estabrak Al-Ansari

The works are selected and hung by Royal Academy members, and entry is open to all artists. This year there were over 12,000 applications for the show and represent what is currently happening in the art world. This includes new and recent art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture.

Now in its 248th year, the 2016 RA Summer Exhibition continues in the tradition of showcasing a variety of work in all media, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film. In previous years, nearly two thirds of the exhibits were by non-Royal Academicians, with £50,000 of prizes awarded and more than 5,000 works sold.

Estabrak Al-Ansari's watercolour portrait Shadin The work accepted for display at the Exhibition is part of Estabrak's 2015 collection entitled 'Consciousness' which was premiered last September at Muscat's Gallery Sarah, a part of Bait Al Zubair.

Her photographic works from the Oman based series have toured in Dubai, Sharjah, Saudi Arabia, London and Muscat over the last year, winning an award with Art Jameel, exhibiting at SIKKA arts fair as part of Art Dubai and being sponsored by Alserkal Cultural Foundation in the process.

During 2016 her work has already been exhibited in four different countries, as well as partaking in her first Biennale in Morocco, the 6th Marrakesh Biennale, where she presented her unique style of immersive storytelling LPP (Live.Projection.Painting) where she paints films to life.

Prior to her prize winning photograph going on show at the Royal Academy in London, it will be exhibited in Oman with its shortlisted counterpart 'Mufuddel' at Al Medina Art Gallery, throughout the summer along with other smaller works which are for sale.

In addition, Estabrak is also on the look out for Omani faces to paint for a series of watercolour and photographic portraits by commission in collaboration with Richard Woodhead, at Al Madina Art Gallery, based in Medinat Sutan Qaboos in Muscat 24691380, where she can be contacted.