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‘Curiouser & Curiouser’ Marvellous Miniatures

XVA Gallery’s upcoming exhibition: 'Curiouser & Curiouser'

Until March 13th Halona Hilbertz, Colleen Quigley & Jakob Roepke are on show at the XVA Gallery and ‘Art Hotel’ in Dubai for ‘Curiouser & Curiouser’ an exhibition that combines pictures and sculptures from three artists whose work is reminiscent of Victorian travel curios, surrealism and orientalist fantasy.

“Encaustic (hot wax used by Quigley as above) collages with antique 19th century engravings by Dubai based artist Colleen Quigley, mixed media miniature works composed with antique maps and wallpaper by Jakob Roepke and 3D sculptures constructed from found natural objects by Halona Hilbertz”
Found natural object” opens up an interesting line of inquiry on its own and the encaustic technique favoured by Quigley and dating back to the C4th AD,  is certainly a curiosity. It creates this unsettling unfocused, burnished glass effect. Quigley has used this technique before and explores the way the wax gives the sense of looking at the sitter through a distorting lens. The gallery specialises in contemporary art from the Arab world, Iran and the subcontinent and promotes emerging artists, and has an impressive back catalogue since 2011 of group and solo shows. Until we see this one, however, we’ve no idea how “miniature” these works are, as they’re scaled large in the press release and no measurements, or titles for that matter, are given.


Colleen Quigley is a Japanese-American artist with  a BFA in Sculpture from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia and an MFA from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in Tokyo.

Quigley studied Figurative Painting at the New York Academy of Art  in 2001 and now works as an Assistant Professor of Visual Art at Zayed University, Dubai.

XVA Gallery’s upcoming exhibition: 'Curiouser & Curiouser'

German artist, Jakob Roepke resides in Berlin, he studied art at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, a art and design university in Germany. He has been working on his collage paintings since 1996.

XVA Gallery’s upcoming exhibition: 'Curiouser & Curiouser'

Halona Hilbertz is from Austin, Texas and is of German descent.

She studied painting and performance art at the Hochschule der Bildenden Kuenste Saar, Saarbruecken, Germany and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Halifax. Hilbertz currently lives in Brooklyn where she works on her quirky three-dimensional collages.