Interview with Maisoon Al Saleh (@maisoonalsaleh)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Born in 1988, Emirati artist and entrepreneur Maisoon Al Saleh works actively as an artist in Dubai and internationally. She graduated from Zayed University with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Design in 2010. She has had eight solo shows, and has participated in around 100 art exhibitions in 20 countries, including the Emirati Expression at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, ‘ART NOMADS: MADE IN THE EMIRATES’ exhibition presented by Etihad Modern Art Gallery, and several other in Europe and the United States. Al Saleh is a prolific and hard-working artist. She continues to actively seek out new challenges in her career, and most recently has been participating in artist residency programs world-wide.
In her paintings and sculpture work, Al Saleh uses bold colors and shapes to create an abstract portrait or image, while implementing unexpected details to add dialogue and visual interest. She employs a variety of mediums across her works, which include acrylic on canvas, mixed media for installations, fiberglass and mixed media for her sculptures, and painting under seawater. Her style is surrealist, with strong influence and commentary on modern Emirati culture. Her art dives, sometimes literally, below the obvious meaning residing on the surface of stories and accounts of the past. She is interested in the ‘bones’ of a subject, the aspects that transcend age and gender, which often includes actually using skeletons as figures, in or to tell stories that get to the deeper meaning of humanity. Through her work, Al Saleh bring viewers into a discussion about the importance of Emirati history in order to challenge how we think about our history, memories, and representation of them in the mainstream media.
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
Established in 2018, The Paintly Store is the pride of Maisoon Al Saleh, an Emirati Multidisciplinary Artist and the author of the book titled, 33 Years of Untold Secrets. As an artist, Maisoon Al Saleh knows the value of creativity by heart and this is what inspired her to launch the brand in Dubai. “I wanted to create a brand that allowed people to wear Limited Edition products that are reasonably priced, and easily accessible by purchasing it through the company’s website or through our iOS and Android applications,” she added. It also support’s emerging artist’s by hosting art exhibit’s and promoting their work though our companies social accounts..
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
I would recommend them to read my memoir titled “33 Years of Untold Secrets” as one of it’s chapters titled “For you” where it has tips on things i’ve tried personally and worked well with me in growing my career internationally.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My mother, she had always supported me since my childhood in pursuing my dreams. How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Yes, by supporting emerging artist’s though my company
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
” Alway’s do what your really passionate about, eventually one day you’ll get noticed and shine. Alway’s do what your really passionate about, eventually one day you’ll get noticed and shine.
.How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can follow my creative journey on my instagram’s page @maisoonalsaleh or my website www.maisoonalsaleh.com
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Every purchase you make on www.thepaintlystore.com support’s an artist