Haute Secrets Dubai: Merce Lluis At Fann A’ Porter Gallery

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Merce Lluis

Work by Merce Lluis is on display by Fann A’ Porter Gallery in the lobby of the Kempinski Hotel at Mall of the Emirates right now.

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Merce Lluis mixes beauty with playfulness.

Photo Credit: Merce Lluis

Merce Lluis’ work is unique because she goes beyond just creating beautiful images. The Spanish artist creates characters that seem to breathe right on the canvases they are painted on. Each unique character inhabits a universe of its own, but that universe bleeds over into the real world as the characters seem to come alive and either pop off the canvas or invite the viewer to step into their world.

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Merce Lluis’ “Reading and Thinking” evokes deep thought in the viewer.

Photo Credit: Merce Lluis

Merce Lluis not only creates characters that look alive but also characters with a sense of humor. Their mischievous expressions suggest a kind of playfulness that’s difficult to express on a flat canvas, but Lluis does it with flare.

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Looks like it would be fun to take a trip with the characters in Merce Lluis’ “On Vacation.”

Photo Credit: Merce Lluis

 

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“The Dream” by Merce Lluis invites the viewer into a fantasy world.

Photo Credit: Merce Lluis

Some of her characters are also depicted in very tender situations, again exuding emotions in a way only she can paint. Those who have the pleasure of viewing her work feel the message she is delivering a deep and personal way. Some paintings deliver a warning, while others invite the viewer in for playtime or a cup of tea. Still others seem to extend an invitation to take a trip to faraway, exotic places.

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Kick back and put your feet back in Merce Lluis’ “Relax Area.”

Photo Credit: Merce Lluis

Merce Lluis’s work is also marked by an explosion of color and shapes. She shows a clear mastery of the paintbrush and canvas as she mixes colors and cuts silhouettes in her own style.

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An unseen character is “Ready to Go,” but just where they are going is up for the viewer to decide.

Photo Credit: Merce Lluis

Fann A’ Porter Gallery is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and weekends from noon until 10 p.m. Previously known as Vindemia Gallery, the gallery opened last year with the new name and a focus on young artists, art lovers, new designers, and “those who seek uniqueness.” Fann A’ Porter Gallery has an area dedicated to artists, another space for designers, and other areas for Fann’s objets d’art. The gallery also keeps a space open for emerging Emirati artists.

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