Indian born, Beena Samuels’ passion for Art started in her school years. Colours, textures, shapes, the play of light and shadow tempts her to draw and paint. She tries to express the abstract, the amorphous inner experience through her art. Her style is abstract and lyrical with a penchant for organic forms and free flowing compositions. Watercolors and Silk Paintings are her first love but she enjoys working in Acrylics, Mixed Media and Mosaics too. Her artworks have evolved over the years with her experimental attitude towards painting and the openness to new ideas and media.
Resident of the UAE since 1982, Beena’s background is in Accountancy. Living and working in Oman and Al Ain got her started with pursuing her childhood love for art. She considers herself blessed to be able to pursue her true calling fully, after moving into Dubai in 1995. Her education and training in Art has been built up over the years with practice and by constantly working with renowned international artists living in the Emirates and abroad.
Beena has exhibited in group & solo shows in the UAE since 1999. Her works can be found in private collections in Dubai, Oman, India, Africa, Canada, UK, Australia, USA and South America. Recipient of several awards including the prestigious UAE Watercolour Challenge in 2003. Her latest 3-man group show, held in April 2014, titled `Recycling Art’ showcased Collage, Quilts, Mosaics and Sculptural forms made from salvaged and recycled materials, was a critical success.
Beena considers herself fortunate in being able, with her paintings, to support various charities, i.e. MSF, UNICEF, Al Noor Training Centre, Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre and Mawaheb. She has held workshops in the Sharjah Ladies Club & on special occasions, as an invited tutor, at the Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology. Currently she conducts workshops in Creative Watercolour & Silk Painting at the Dubai International Art Centre in Jumeirah.