Thu, May 16, 2019

Luxury Goods, Jewellery & Watches
Top gemstone artist to open atelier in Dubai

Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof, the American Faberge and world’s foremost glyptics aka gemstone artist, has announced his plans to target the young, affluent Middle East consumer market with a new atelier in Dubai.

Zadora is poised to open his first atelier and an interactive online atelier in Dubai before the end of 2019 to exhibit the timeless pieces from his collections displayed in Forbes Magazine Galleries in New York (1992), Park Avenue Armoury Exhibition (1995, 1996 and 1997), Hamilton Gallery in London (2007), said a statement.

Replicas of his art pieces made for VVIP clients such as members of the British and Moroccan royal families and Duke of Bavaria, Hollywood actors Johnny Depp and Sylvester Stallone, multibillionaire and art collector Philip Niarchos, fashion design powerhouses Valentino and Adolfo, corporation giants such as Johnson & Johnson, Heinz, Campbell, Forbes and mega-developer and art collector Steve Wynn, to name a few.

Speaking about his expansion in the Dubai market, Zadora said: “I am extremely happy to be in Dubai. This city is an incredible place to be an artist and express yourself. The city has a large number of talented people and discernment to luxury and aesthetic products. My brand creates bespoke jewellery -- from timepieces, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and brooches to custom-made housewares, figurines, and clocks.”

Recently, Zadora transformed the works of M C Escher into sculptures. Escher is known for his mind-bending mathematical drawings and woodcuts from the 1930s that show people climbing up staircases on ceilings and other optical illusions.

After years of developing a relationship with the Escher Institute in the Netherlands, gem sculptor Zadora-Gerlof and his team turned 10 of Escher's drawings into large-scale sculptures made out of stainless steel, aluminium, and other metals.

Zadora said: “I am not trying to better Escher. He was way ahead of his time. All I am trying to do is bring in a 3D element to his works – so they are fun for children and adults alike and I cannot think of a perfect destination to display these designs than the UAE and the Middle East market.”

Zadora is recognised today as the world’s foremost gemstone artist, an ancient art with its roots in pre-Babylonian/Mesopotamian times. Zadora has created a world-class workshop that has mastered practically any technique required to produce the amazing cross-section of commissions his patrons bring to his atelier.

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