At Apartment 51 we are all about helping you create the perfect space for your home. Whatever your tastes, we want to make sure you can access some of the most intriguing, luxurious and beautiful pieces from all over the world for your interior design. To help you discover the stories behind our collections we have talked to the designers and artists behind the scenes about their creations. We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to local artist Randa ElSisi and her stunning collection of original paintings, available now at Apartment51
Hi Randa, thank you so much for ‘zooming’ with us! To kick things off, can you tell us a little bit about where you are from and what you do?
Hi, thanks for having me! I am originally from Egypt, but my husband and Imoved here to Dubai about five years ago and I took a role as an IT Project Manager.
Your paintings are truly amazing, when did you first start feeling artistic?
I have been painting on and off since I was a little girl. I used to love the way you could use art to express emotions and I would often give paintings as gifts to my parents to show them how much I appreciated them. That sentiment of art allowing for the sharing of emotions and connections brought me back to the craft as an adult. I started by sharing pieces with friends that were intended to mean something special, such as their children’s names in Arabic calligraphy or an abstract figurative painting I dedicated to a friend and her mother to celebrate their unique bond. As demand grew and I wanted to do more, I started to take courses, contacted local artists about workshops and completed a Mixed Media Art Study at The University of Arts, which was a fantastic hands-on experience.
Where do you get most of your inspiration from?
Most of my inspiration comes from life and the things I am most grateful for. Memories of my childhood, listening to Umm Kulthum with my grandmother, bringing to life Arabic culture, travelling and the beauty of nature.
Tell us about your paintings?
Each piece I do is very different, including how I mix the colours, so they are truly unique and original. I use mixed mediums because they reflect the randomness of the world and allows me to learn more with every painting, as we learn more every day in life.
The right art should speak to you. When you have that in your home, it will bring you happiness or spark memories every time you look at it, which is the ideal accessory for the place you spend the most time.
What advice would you give to people about how to choose art for their home?
Don’t rush it; make sure the piece is one you can connect to. Does it make you happy? Will it bring you joy? Does it fit your personality?
Who are you favourite artists and why?
I love the strong brush strokes of Vincent van Gogh, his use of colour is full of personality! I feel very connected to the pieces of Hossam Dirar and Mohamed Abla as well, both of whom really honour the beauty of Egyptian culture.
Which is your favourite room in your home and why?
I actually have two favourite rooms. In Dubai it would have to be my art studio and in my house in Egypt it would be the reception as it has these beautiful wooden pieces that celebrate Arabic traditions and calligraphy.
Are you finding quarantine is fuelling your creativity?
Oh it definitely is. It is such a great outlet for feeling tense, my husband says I am so much more relaxed after my painting sessions! It is allowing me to spend more time in the studio and mixing colours, so hopefully there will be a new collection soon!
Lastly, if you had all the money in the world, which painting would you like to own?
Ooh it would have to be Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, but I would also love to own the sculpture of Nefertiti!