Danila Shmelev and John Pugh are among the 25 artists competing in the Dubai Canvas 3D Award next month, a rare event that celebrates three-dimensional art. Taking place at City Walk from 1-7 March, the outdoor festival brings together specialist artists from around the world who create large-scale, optical illusion works to trick the eye. This year, the theme is Happiness.
The event, now in its third year, is organised by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), and is in partnership with Meraas. Ayesha Bin Kalli, project manager of Dubai Canvas 2017, says the festival hopes to bring together some of the most exciting artists in the global 3D art world.
“The artists featured in the festival are all people who are constantly experimenting with new styles, techniques and perspectives to push the boundaries of this unique genre of art. We expect this year’s festival to be another great carnival of art and creativity,” Bin Kalli said.
Among the 25 selected artists competing for the Dhs2.3 million prize are many internationally known in the 3D art world. Tony Cuboliquido, a contestant from Italy, has already had works commissioned by corporations including Coca-Cola, Samsung, Amazon and Disney. Other participants include the Ukrainian street artist Dima Fatum and Italian pavement artist Gennaro Troia.
The work of the selected artists will be on view to the public from 1-7 March. For more information, visit 3daward.branddubai.com