Markets around the World in paintings, sketches and photographs

market ˈmɑːkɪt/ (noun) a regular gathering of people for the purchase and sale of provisions, livestock, and other commodities.

Markets are a great place to people watch and to people sketch.

Amid the hustle and bustle of a busy street market you can very quickly become invisible. And it is when you are invisible and unnoticed that people act naturally and you get to see snippets of real life.

So, wherever I am travelling I always make sure I take a detour to a local market so I can capture in my sketchbook or on my camera some unposed and natural images of people going about their everyday life.

Below are some of my favourite photographs, sketches and paintings from markets around the world, in Tanzania, Bolivia, Thailand, Kenya, Vietnam, India and Mexico.

 

 

40 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful Ali! I love the colorful juxtapositions of photos, sketches, drawings, paintings. Wonderful idea, to show the different perspectives and what catches your eye.

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks, as always, for the support – I’m currently in the process of turning some of these into some bigger paintings 🙂

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  2. SommerKunst says:

    So beautiful! I am going to travel to East Africa next year for the first time and I will be making sure to to see lots fo markets 🙂

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Wonderful – it is such a lovely part of the world 🙂

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  3. Marie says:

    Beautiful. I love the vivid colors and how just a few strokes brings the figures to life.

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thank you for your kind words Marie 🙂

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  4. Samuel says:

    Beautiful. Very innovative. You are one talented person, Ali. Thank you for sharing your captures and artistic work.

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks so much Samuel for your kind words and thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

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  5. Wonderful collection Ali! My favourite is the “Fish Market in Vietnam”

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and and commenting 🙂

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  6. Beautiful. You are so talented. What a great way to travel by observing and expressing it through art. I carried my watercolors through three countries last year, without opening them once. You are such an inspiration! Love it.

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks for the positive comments. I try to always have a sketchbook or camera with me. Ali 🙂

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  7. fleurdelilah says:

    I love how you capture your subjects and in such different styles! Beautiful and vibrant paintings!

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks so much 🙂

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  8. Beauty by Elisa MUA says:

    Have you ever been to Paris? Suburbs are very inspirational and multicultural

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      I have but a long time ago. I remember being really fascinated by the melting pot of cultures. It is a city I am longing to return to 🙂

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  9. Akshay patil says:

    i love your unique painting style. it will be your brand identity in some days. keep it up.

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks so much Akshay 🙂

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  10. wanderlustvlog says:

    Loving those colors! Very vivid and intense!

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  11. Erica says:

    Beautiful paintings, I enjoyed this post!

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  12. Followingtherivera says:

    These are so beautiful!! I love markets and this artwork has captured it perfectly. I especially love the one of Merida 🙂

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks so much – I hope to do some more Mexican scenes. 🙂

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  13. I love how you can get a taste of the culture as well as all those artists’ styles just by going to the market! I definitely need to make a larger effort to seek out local art when I’m traveling. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      And thanks for stopping by my blog too 🙂

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  14. Pierre says:

    Wow! Just unbelievable talent! Amazing how you think of things in that perspective! I love your concept of photography + artwork!

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks so much Pierre 🙂

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  15. These are beautiful!! And the best souvenirs one can gift themselves! Great talent!

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks so much 🙂

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  16. Bonita says:

    I want to know which one is from Kenya! You are very talented Ali. Sharing this post right away. I am a lover of art.

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Hi Bonita, thanks for the positive feedback. The one from Kenya is Selling Bananas in Kisii (it was a road side market in this rural town) . Ali

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  17. thetripwishlist says:

    This is so captivating! I love your inspiration and how you even composed the paintings with the photographs in this post. Great work!

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  18. so true, markets are the perfect places for people watching. You can also learn a lot about the local culture by spending time at one, seeing how much people negotiate, what is important to them, what foods they eat… it is just a great stop to incorporate in any travel!

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Exactly – thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting 🙂

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  19. Alex says:

    Wow. very nice and uncommon compilation. I see your blog is full of inspiring ideas.

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks so much Alex 🙂

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