ARTIANA – Highlights – Lot 6 – Art Beyond Borders – African, Middle Eastern and Asian Art – Online Auction – No Buyer’s Premium

Hassan Massoudy is known for his works on paper that integrates both calligraphy and figural representations. His creations are a subtle mix of oriental and occidental art, tradition, and modernity. 

Hassan Massoudy (b.1944) – Untitled – 2008 – 30 x 22 in. (76.2 x 55.9 cm.) – water-based pigments on paper – Lot 6

The present lot, like most of his works, highlight individual letters and words in saturated colors, stretched across the paper. The painting usually contains quotes and phrases from poets and writers from all over the world with the text written on a smaller scale framing the central letter or word, which is used to signify the essence of the message.

Massoudy perpetuates tradition but manages to be free from the constraints by the strict rules that governed the art form. Although Arabic calligraphy is traditionally done in black ink, Massoudy introduced other colors in his work to fully express himself. He further pushed its boundaries by merging it with abstract imagery.

The value of beauty in calligraphy lies in the execution and the perfection of style. Over the years, Massoudy purified and simplified his form while also maintaining a body of work that is inspired by a deep humanistic interest. By joining the ancient tradition of Arabic calligraphy with French plasticity, he continues to make something new but remains deeply rooted in the old.

Auction Catalogue – Art Beyond Borders – March 28 – 31, 2019

ARTIANA – Highlights – Lot 10 – Art Beyond Borders – African, Middle Eastern and Asian Art – Online Auction – No Buyer’s Premium

Reflective of Iranian history and tradition that incorporated many religions and cultures into its realms, the interaction of cultures and exchange of ideas enabled a vibrant cultural and artistic heritage from which Farah Ossouli draws inspiration for her works. 

Ossouli pioneered the introduction of contemporary themes and ideas into miniature painting. Her modern take on Persian miniatures resembles highly decorated minarets with their geometric and calligraphic designs that tell countless stories. However, her most significant influence is from Iranian poems, which for her is as enduring as human nature. In her works, she portrays stories of love, violence, friendship, and family; themes that are as timeless as in the times of Persian miniature. 

The current lot titled, ‘Waiting’ shows Farah’s thin and precise brushwork in an unbelievably detailed idiom. The woman, portrayed in bright and vibrant colors, is shown through a cutaway with exterior views visible in the facade. Lighting throughout the picture is even while the whole work is divested of shadows. The picture is in a vertical format that is reminiscent of Persian miniatures influenced by Chinese scrolls in the 14th century.

In typical miniatures, there are often panels of text inside the picture area enclosed in a frame. Ossouli replaces the spaces for text with a broader band of color that borders the image, manipulating both the picture area and the scale of the figure. The rest of the work is in dense and detailed design; particularly the background which was achieved through extremely delicate and controlled brushwork, as evident in the details of the plants, the birds and the patterns on the clothes.

Replete in symbolism in a modern retelling of stories, Farah appropriates the language of miniature painting into her work turning it into a contemporary idiom that is both timeless and teeming with history.

Auction Catalogue – Art Beyond Borders – March 28 – 31, 2019

ARTIANA debuts Modern and Contemporary African art in Art Beyond Borders Dubai auction

ARTIANA presents the first selection of Modern and Contemporary African art within the upcoming Art Beyond Borders sale from March 28 – 31. This serves as a preview to the auction house’s long-term dedication to showcasing work by African artists.

Art Beyond Borders is an auction sale comprising works by established and mid-career artists from Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia, focused on cross-pollination of art. The sale of 40 lots highlights an African art section presenting works by artists Kofi Agorsor (Ghana), Ablade Glover (Ghana), Ato Delaquis (Ghana), and, Muraina Oyelami (Nigeria).

ARTIANA is an online auction house that provides a credible and engaging auction platform sans boundaries, whilst redefining and streamlining the transactional process. It delivers to a global audience the excitement of art auctions through the convenient medium of the internet together with the benefits of Dubai’s business friendly environment, thereby creating a worthwhile opportunity for international collectors.

There is no buyer’s premium charged in the sale, so what you bid is what you pay. Registrations to bid in the sale can be done at from March 28 – 31, 2019.

For further details, please email:


Kofi Agorsor (b. 1970)

Born in Accra in 1970, Kofi Agorsor is a contemporary artist from Ghana. He initially studied Architecture for two years before switching to Art at the Accra Ankles College of Art, where he obtained his degree in 1993. In his paintings, Agorsor uses bold and vibrant colors to reflect the daily lives of people in Ghana. His subject matter borders on the generic but rendered often in a buoyant, semi-abstract and witty manner. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, as well as auctions both locally and internationally.

Ato Delaquis (b. 1945)

Born in Cape Coast in 1945, Ato Delaquis is one of Ghana’s foremost artist. He was one of the leading  figures of the Ghanaian Renaissance and is known for his iconic paintings of horsemen, landscapes, as well as abstract works. As a prolific draughtsman, he has worked in a wide variety of media including prints, watercolor, and etchings. Ato Delaquis has exhibited widely and his works are in private collections in Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Australia.

Ablade Glover (b. 1934)

Ablade Glover is a Ghanaian artist and educator, regarded as a seminal figure on the West African art scene. He founded the Glover’s Artists Alliance Gallery in 1993 to showcase emerging talents and bring international attention to traditional and contemporary African art. He is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London and a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.Glover has exhibited widely over several decades, and his work is held in many prestigious private and public collections, including at the Imperial Palace of Japan, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Muraina Oyelami (b. 1940)

Muraina Oyelami was born in Iragbiji, Nigeria in 1940. Known as a master painter and as a great performing artist, he is one of the original products of the Oshogbo Art School. He studied at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife specializing in Theater Design, where he later taught traditional music from 1975 to 1987. Before his career in art, Oyelami was a founding member of the late Duro Ladipo Theatre Company performing as an actor and musician. Some of his works are in the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Staatlichen Kunsthalle, Berlin; National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos, Nigeria; IWALEWA- Haus, University of Bayreuth, Germany; Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.; and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London among others.

Auction Catalogue – Art Beyond Borders – March 28 – 31, 2019

ARTIANA – Highlights – Lot 13 – Art Beyond Borders – African, Middle Eastern and Asian Art – Online Auction – No Buyer’s Premium

Javlon Umarbekov (b. 1946) – ‘Tuareg Family’ – 1979 – acrylic on canvas – 47.25 x 41.25 in. (120 x 105 cm.) – Lot 13

Javlon Umarbekov uses art as a means of crossing thresholds between the East and the West, bridging cultural and even religious and political divides. Relying on traditional images and themes, his work exudes authenticity and verity. 

Here, he employs his individual interpretation of Cubist style in bright and resonant colors while reflecting on the unique history and heritage of the Tuareg people. Inspired by his travels in the Algiers, home to some of the Tuareg people, he depicts a Tuareg family in a rich blue color. Colloquially known as the “Blue people of the Sahara” because of the color of their traditional robes and veils, the Tuaregs wear this as a symbolic and important part of their cultural identity. This blue colored garment, Tagelmust, stain their skins and lend it a bluish color emphasized here by the artist. By incorporating oriental and occidental aesthetics with a rich cultural narrative, he transforms his work into a visual vocabulary that is truly his own.

Auction Catalogue – Art Beyond Borders – March 28 – 31, 2019

ARTIANA announces Art Beyond Borders auction | No Buyer’s Premium | 28 – 31 March 2019

Artiana announces its first auction for the year slated for March 28-31, 2019. Aptly titled, Art Beyond Borders, the sale will be the auction house’s inaugural international sale. It will feature 40 lots in total from artists from 15 different countries across the world. Estimates ranging from USD 600 to USD 20,000 for works in various and wide range of media will be available.

The cover lot is an untitled work by leading Middle Eastern artist, Mahmoud Hammad estimated at USD 20,000, other entries of Middle Eastern art include works by renowned painter and sculptor, Khaled Ben Slimane and French-Iraqi calligraphist, Hassan Massoudy. Also featured are Korean and Vietnamese art with a strong selection of contemporary works from leading artists alongside works from established Uzbekistan masters Bakhodir Jalal, Bobur Ismoilov, and Javlon Umarbekov.

A sculpture from South African based Bulgarian artist Rado Kirov together with works from popular African artists Ablade Glover and Kofi Agorsor, Indian modernists S.H. Raza and Paritosh Sen will also go under the hammer among others. 

The collection will be sold through an online auction at from March 28 (9 am) through March 31st (9:00 pm) UAE time with a No Buyer’s Premium policy in an essentially ‘What You Bid Is What You Pay’ format. FlexiPay which allow buyers to ‘Bid Now Pay Later’ will also be available for eligible clients. (FlexiPay scheme details are available on the website.)

The catalogue can be viewed online, and viewings can be arranged by prior appointment. Collectors may place bids at ARTIANA’s website, or through the mobile app available on both Google Play for Android and the App Store for Apple devices.

For information on how to register and bid, visit their website at; For assistance and inquiries, call Artiana’s Help Desk at +971 55 815 3030 or write to

Auction Catalogue – Art Beyond Borders – March 28 – 31, 2019

ARTIANA’s auction sales turnover cross USD 3.5 million in 2018

Dubai – ARTIANA’s total auction sales in 2018 crossed the USD 3.5 million mark after the conclusion of the South Asian Art ‘Classical, Modern and Contemporary’ sale on 10 December 2018, which realized USD 1.8 million and achieved sell-through rates of 92% by lot and 102% by value. 

The first of the two South Asian Art auctions held in May was Artiana’s first white glove sale with a 100% sell-though rates and 111% of the total lot value sold. Both auctions were held with Artiana’s ‘No Buyer’s premium’ policy ensuring the minimum transaction cost for both buyers and sellers.

Growth continues

Continued growth and engagement of clients from within UAE, India, and other parts of the world – many of them first-time buyers, were equal contributors to the overall sales.

Highest prices were bid for paintings by M.F. Husain – ‘Trinity of Mother Teresa’ (USD 320,000) and ‘Arjun and Sudarshan Chakra’ (USD 300,000). Work of artists S.H. Raza and F.N. Souza also performed well in the auctions confirming the continued demand for modern Indian art.

Other established modernists Sakti Burman, Krishen Khanna and Ram Kumar completed the top ten list of highest prices realized.

Sculptures and company paintings attracted good interest from collectors throughout the year and opened up the accessibility of this genre to enthusiasts in the region.

Exceptional prices for Zarina Hashmi’s pieces were achieved on the back of increased demand for her works. The artist’s delicately executed prints, crafted through handmade paper, have become one of the most sought-after pieces for contemporary art collectors. Zarina and other leading printmakers work will be showcased in our upcoming Prints and Multiples Art Auction in early 2019. 

Future plans and engagement

The increase in the overall sell-through rate cements Artiana’s presence in the South Asian auction calendar whilst concluding another year of successful sales.

With its expanding client base and continued diversification across collecting categories, clients can look forward to rare pieces and wide range of artworks in the following year. Artiana’s line-up include Prints and Multiples, South Asian Art and Art Beyond Borders Auctions for 2019. For more details, visit the website at

ARTIANA – South Asian Art Auction | Over US$ 1.8 Millions in Sales | 102% Estimate Value Sold | 92% Lots Sold

Our recently concluded South Asian Art auction was a success, with 92% of the lots sold, over USD 1.8 million total sales and 102% estimate value sold.

For the complete auction result and analysis, please visit

Thank you for your bids! 

ARTIANA | South Asian Art | Online Auction – No Buyer’s Premium | Classical, Modern and Contemporary | Sale 1802 | 6 – 10 December 2018

MF Husain’s unseen works to be auctioned online by Artiana in December

Published November 17, 2018 (, by Tasmayee Laha Roy

Maqbool Fida Husain (b.1915), ‘Arjun and Sudarshan Chakra’ (circa 1980s). Estimate: $300,000-500,000

In a bid to make the deals lucrative for the buyers, Artiana’s finance arm is offering an installment scheme which allows buyers to pay for an artwork in installments ranging from 3 months to 24 months.

Known for their luxury collectibles, UAE’s Artiana is all set to bring to the international market some of the unseen works of Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain during their December auction.

With 50 works on display in the online auction, the range will offer works of modern and contemporary artists from the Indian subcontinent including a suite of Company School paintings.

The highlights of the auction are MF Husain’s canvas from the 1980s titled ‘Arjun and Sudarshan Chakra’ and another work, ‘A Magician Dangles the Fortune Bird in a Cage’ from the seminal Lost Continent series. Both the works are new to the market for art connoisseurs. The other important works from prominent artists include SH Raza’s 1998 work ‘Prakriti’ and ‘Srijan’ from 2007 and FN Souza’s ‘Profile’ and ‘Red Houses with Front Garden’ from 1957.

Some other artists on display include Jogen Chowdhury, Jamil Naqsh and Zarina Hashmi among others.

While the ten Company School paintings are all priced at a base bid under $1000, the other works have a range of starting bids between $6000 and $2,60,000.

“The costliest of the lot is Husain’s Arjun and Sudarshan Chakra which is a 40inch x 60 inch acrylic on canvas and has the potential to sell for anything between $300000 and $500000. This is followed by one of his other works -A Magician Dangles the Fortune Bird in a Cage which is an oil on canvas painted in 2005. The starting bid for the same is $1,80,000 and has the potential to sell for anything between $2,00,000 and $3,00,000,” said Lavesh Jagasia, founder of Artiana.

In a bid to make the deals lucrative for the buyers, Artiana’s finance arm is also offering an installment scheme which allows buyers to pay for an artwork in installments ranging from 3 months to 24 months at a service charge of 1 percent a month after paying 20 percent of the price as down payment.

ARTIANA – Highlights – Lot 35 – Classical, Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art – Online Auction – No Buyer’s Premium

Sayed Haider Raza – Srijan – 2007 – acrylic on canvas – 57.5 x 45 in. (146 x 114.3 cm.) – Lot 35

Srijan, prominent artist S.H. Raza’s seminal work will be up the auction block on December 6-10, 2018 in ARTIANA’s South Asian art sale. The artist, one of India’s best colorists, is  best-known for works that are densely geometric; inviting viewers into deep meditation and contemplation. 

The focus of SH Raza’s art over the last decades has been to explore and represent the elements of nature, he used the language of symbols and saturated his canvases in geometric shapes and colors to produce powerful works that are contemplative and spiritual. Merging his background and training, he produced work both with deep Indian vision and French plastic mastery, enfolded in modernism yet with the deep resonance of the past. Raza repeatedly revisited his defining themes creating an extraordinary series of meditative and symbolic paintings.

In this piece, Srijan, which loosely translates to creation, Raza’s geometric vocabulary was apparent. Deeply immersed in ancient Indian cosmological symbolism, he celebrated the process of creation in an expansive interplay of visually disparate images sharing a collective narrative. The painting is divided into sections enclosing principle forms, each with strips of colours and variation of aligned triangles, with a black bindu in the upper center of the canvas. Just below that is a pair of bindu in red and blue representing male and female energies – close but not merging into each other. The colours, like most of his works, are remarkably vibrant with a concentration of red, orange, and earthy browns.

Supporting a central idea, Raza wields his unique visual language to reinforce the gestural idioms and philosophical aesthetics of his work. The painting seems to chronicle a story with the different patterned squares coming together to form the whole construct, with each fragment with its own metaphysical significance. The serpent-like painted circles of kundalini forming an unbroken continuity is the rejuvenation and the cyclical nature of life; the Bindu which is the primordial life-force in turn connects to germination which is conveyed with the use of triangular yonis; while the symbols of fire, water, earth, wind and sky embody elements that sustain life. The interconnectedness of the key components of the universe, simplified in Raza’s canvas.

Auction Catalogue – South Asian Art ‘Classical, Modern and Contemporary’ – December 6-10, 2018

ARTIANA announces Online Auction of Classical, Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art – No Buyer’s Premium – 6-10 December 2018


Maqbool Fida Husain (1915-2011), ‘Arjun and Sudarshan Chakra’ (circa 1980s). Estimate: $300,000-500,000

ARTIANA, UAE’s first home-grown auction house for art and luxury collectibles, will offer works  of modern and contemporary artists from the Indian subcontinent, including a suite of Company School paintings in its upcoming December auction. The auction will take place online at from December 6 (6pm) till December 10 (9pm), 2018. The works listed in  the auction are available for viewing at Artiana’s viewing gallery.

The auction features 50 works in various media such as oils, acrylics and paper works by established masters such as M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza, Jogen Chowdhury, Jamil Naqsh, Zarina Hashmi among others, alongside works by contemporary artists.

The highlights include M.F. Husain’s canvas from the 1980s titled ‘Arjun and Sudarshan Chakra’ as the cover lot of the sale and another work, ‘A Magician Dangles the Fortune Bird in a Cage’ from the seminal Lost Continent series; S.H. Raza’s ‘Prakriti’ (1998), ‘Srijan (2007) and F.N. Souza’s ‘Profile’ and ‘Red Houses with Front Garden’ both from 1957.

Besides Artiana’s attractive No Buyer’s Premium policy which essentially is ‘What You Bid Is What You Pay’, from this auction they have also launched FlexiPay – an installment scheme which allows buyers to ‘Bid Now Pay Later’ subject to eligibility and pre-approval prior to auction. (FlexiPay scheme details are available in the catalogue and on the website)

A print catalogue is available from Artiana upon request and the online catalogue can be viewed on their website. Collectors may place bids at ARTIANA’s website, or through the mobile app available on both Google Play for Android and the App Store for Apple devices. 

For more information and registration, visit; For viewing appointments, write to or call ARTIANA’s help desk at +971558153030/ +971558253030

Auction Catalogue – South Asian Art ‘Classical, Modern and Contemporary’ – December 6-10, 2018