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Beirut Art Fair 2017

21-24 Sep 2017
https://www.beirut-art-fair.com/
With ContiniArtUK, Booth A8

David Begbie artwork in wire-mesh: CRAW (detail) 2017
ContiniArt UK presents David Begbie sculpture at Art Beirut 2017

Exhibiting Artists: David Begbie with new work, Fernando Botero, Omar Hassan, Desire Obtain Cherish and Helidon Xhixha

The 2017 edition of BEIRUT ART FAIR will offer an exceptional and innovative program that confirms Beirut’s role as one of today’s most vibrant centers of contemporary creation.
BEIRUT ART FAIR is the leading platform for the discovery of new artists, trends, galleries, institutions, and publications from the ME.NA.SA., thus representing a principal catalyst for artistic development of the region.
As Beirut is a bridge between East & West, the fair establishes and builds artistic links between diverse cultures, fostering collaboration between galleries with a demonstrated commitment to making discoveries.
In just a few years, BEIRUT ART FAIR has become an international artistic event that attracts an ever greater number of visitors to Lebanon: professionals and art lovers from the region and from around the world. We’ve decided to highlight this evolution by putting together a selection committee that reflects the support BEIRUT ART FAIR enjoys from the most important art collectors in the region, whom we’ve enlisted on the basis of their rich expertise, their intellectual curiosity, and the quality of their views on the regional art scene.

David Begbie sculpture and painting Art Beirut detail of David Begbie's sculpture of a hand

Since its creation in 2010, BEIRUT ART FAIR has served to both spotlight and reinforce a dynamic art market that today finds itself in full expansion, both in Lebanon and in the broader ME.NA.SA. region.
From 19 to 26 September 2017, BEIRUT ART WEEK opens public spaces and luxury boutiques of the capital to artistic expression.

‘AIRWAVE‘ 2016

Floating Arabic Dhow Sculpture, suspended
Stainless Steel-Mesh, white colour finish
600 x 375 x 110 cm, installed February 2017
Commission by LW for Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, UAE
See photo album AIRWAVE

Mesh Sculpture of a Dhow - Arabic ship - in hotel lobby Le Royal Meridien Dubai

Derived from Arabic dhow designs ‘AIRWAVE‘ is conceived as more than a sculptural rendition of a traditional vessel.

Fabricated in white painted stainless steel mesh, etherial, translucent, precariously poised, this over 6 metre height suspended composition suggests it is more the soul of a vessel than a vessel itself. Rather than in water it floats in air. Phantom-like, this sculpture seems mysteriously poised between the elements where horizon is blurred or lost, its ethos suggesting it exists not only where sea and sky optically merge but in a place where they physically merge, too and where there are neither one thing nor the other.

It’s an exploding apparition which draws attention to the fine line between liquid, air and that which is solid – water, mist, cloud, even ice. Its anti-gravitational composition ultimately expresses a vision and notion of invisible forces which surround us and which form part of everything which exists – electromagnetic and radio waves, light waves, wind and liquid shock waves as well as gravity and its counterpart relentlessly, persuasively, explosively shaping and forcing us to go with the flow.
See photo album AIRWAVE

‘Children Around the World’ Donation, Shanghai

Sculpture Donation / Charity Auction
28 Feb - 16 March, Shanghai

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I have been invited by Stephanie Harwood and Krassi Gormley to represent the UK in this forthcoming fundraising event and I am very pleased to be able to offer a sculpture originally made as a working maquette for a giant sculpture commissioned for the Millennium Dome, London in 1999.
The Consul Spouses Shanghai (CSS) Project with representatives from over 30 diplomatic missions' fund raising activity 2014 is an art project designed to help Children of the World and to support International Women's Day to which I have donated "PROTU" for exhibition and auction.
Krassi Gormley, wife of Irish CG, is the President of CSS and is organising the event which will undoubtedly attract considerable media attention. More info: Sh-Artshow (Chinese / English)

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The ‘Children Around the World’ art exhibition at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center

On Sunday 2 March 2014 a live auction took place at the exhibition centre, including PROTU. The sculpture fetched RMB 23,000 (approx. £2,300.00) and all funds will go towards helping children with birth defects have corrective surgery. I am very happy the sale of "PROTU" could fund 10 operations for correction of cleft palate.

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‘Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong‘ 2014

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21 - 23 Mar 2014 Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong HKCEC
Opiom Gallery will exhibit a selection of my work in Hong Kong HKCEC.

Situated in the vicinity of Cannes in a brand new and uncluttered 500 m2 space, OPIOM Gallery promotes emerging and established artists - all of whom demonstrate a willingness to unravel and push forward their medium of choice. From Korea to the United States, from traditional photography to digital art, from bronze mesh to forged steel, all of them have passion and authenticity for common grounds.

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Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2013


15 - 17 Mar 2013
Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong with Ode to Art, Singapore

back of two nude boys as contemporary artwork in wire-mesh