The exhibition - Contemporary Calligraphy:

The exhibition is showcasing the different facets of Arabic calligraphy and masterpieces produced by established and famous calligraphers from UAE, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Aisha Alabbar Art Gallery aims to celebrate calligraphy as one of the most powerful art forms that gives life to written words. It also underlines the deep meaning of the Arabic language in connection with Islam and Arabic traditions, such as poetry and the alphabet.

Ramadan is the best moment to celebrate these deep connections. For the occasion the artists express themselves with original and colorful works.

The exhibition is curated by Aisha Alabbar Art Gallery.
 
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Six renowned and award-winning artists and calligraphers are showcasing their masterpieces at Aisha Alabbar Art Gallery:

Fatima Al Hammadi

Emirati artist lives and works in UAE. She received her BFA degree from UAE University in 1994. She is the leader of UAE Graffiti artists, which is the first local graffiti group. Fatima participated in several art projects that entered Guinness World Records including the longest graffiti wall in Dubai in 2017. She has participated in more than 25 national exhibitions, along with international ones in London, Berlin and Sri Lanka. Fatima has 20 years of experience in Fine Arts and recently she started with the art of calligraphy and combined it with the Fine Arts. Her calligraphy art is mixture between the fine art and Arabic letters.

Jewel Acrylic on canvas 70 x 140 cm

Jewel
Acrylic on canvas 70 x 140 cm

Mystery Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm

Mystery
Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm

Harmony Acrylic on canvas 120 x 80 cm

Harmony
Acrylic on canvas
120 x 80 cm

Narjes Noureddine

Emirati Calligrapher and Interior Designer residing in UAE. Narjes graduated with honour from College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University with BFA in Interior Designand she was awarded for her classic calligraphy work in the Algeria’s Int’l Cultural Calligraphy Festival – Tlemcen in 2011 and is internationally recognized since 2004 with her first int’l award from IRCICA – Istanbul. Her artworks in both classic and modern styles gained great exposure and found many appreciating collectors around the globe. In addition, she created tens of logos, a fragrance bottle design for an international brand, and has lately introduced Sheikh Zayed poem “How Beautiful This World Is” in an opera performance influenced by her Arabic Calligraphy art, in collaboration with high profile professionals from the Royal Opera House of London. Narjes delivers her artworks in different forms ranging from classical calligraphy plates, to modern paintings, murals and sculptures.

God’s Light  ”For him whom God does not give any light, there is no light” (The Quran 24:40 | Surah Al Nour, Verse 40) Acrylic on canvas 90 x 120 cm

God’s Light
”For him whom God does not give any light, there is no light”
(The Quran 24:40 | Surah Al Nour, Verse 40)
Acrylic on canvas 90 x 120 cm

In Dire Need ”My Lord, I have need of whatever good you send me” (The Quran 28:24 | Surah Al Qasas, Verse 24) Acrylic on canvas 90 x 120 cm

In Dire Need
”My Lord, I have need of whatever good you send me”
(The Quran 28:24 | Surah Al Qasas, Verse 24)
Acrylic on canvas 90 x 120 cm

Ibrahim’s Prayer (PBUH) ”Grant, O Lord, that I and my offspring may remain constant in devotion. Grant, O Lord, my supplication (40) O Lord, forgive me, my parents and the faithful on the Day the reckoning is done (41)” (The Quran 14:40-41 | Surah Ibrahim, Verse 40-41) Acrylic on Canvas 200 x 100 cm

Ibrahim’s Prayer (PBUH)
”Grant, O Lord, that I and my offspring may remain constant in devotion. Grant, O Lord, my
supplication (40) O Lord, forgive me, my parents and the faithful on the Day the reckoning is done
(41)”
(The Quran 14:40-41 | Surah Ibrahim, Verse 40-41)
Acrylic on Canvas 200 x 100 cm

Tagalsir Hassan

Sudanese artist lives and works in Sharjah. He received his Master’s in Graphic Design from the Central School of Art and Design, London. He is a founding member of Hroof Arabiya Calligraphy magazine and Arabic Calligraphy activities across Sharjah and Dubai. Also, he has been a member of the Preparatory Committees for Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial until 2018 and a Member of Awards Refereeing Committees for Fine Arts and Arabic Calligraphy in UAE, Oman and Bahrain. Tagalsir has won more than 17 awards in Arabic Calligraphy competitions and exhibitions, He has exhibited his art solely and joint with other artists across UAE since 1998 such as: First Solo Exhibition (Hilton Hotel, Dubai), Annual Exhibition “Emirates Fine Arts Society” 18thEdition (Sharjah), Jawhar Assowar (The Cultural and Scientific Association, Dubai), Versatile (University of Sharjah), Joint exhibition “Entwined” with Emirati Artist PhD.

Poetry 1 Acrylic on canvas 60 x 60 cm

Poetry 1
Acrylic on canvas 60 x 60 cm

Poetry 2 Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80 cm

Poetry 2
Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80 cm

Quran 1 ”For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease (5) indeed, with hardship [will be] ease (6)” (The Quran 94:5-6 | Surah Al-Sharh, Verse 5-6) Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm

Quran 1
”For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease (5) indeed, with hardship [will be] ease (6)”
(The Quran 94:5-6 | Surah Al-Sharh, Verse 5-6)
Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm

Quran 2 ”And say: My Lord! Cause me to land at a blessed landing-place, for You are the Best of those who bring to land” (The Quran 23:29 | Surah Al Mu’minun, Verse 29) Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm

Quran 2
”And say: My Lord! Cause me to land at a blessed landing-place, for You are the Best of those
who bring to land”
(The Quran 23:29 | Surah Al Mu’minun, Verse 29)
Acrylic on canvas 100 x 100 cm

Poetry 3 Acrylic on canvas 100 x 150 cm

Poetry 3
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 150 cm

Poetry 4 Acrylic on canvas  100 x 150 cm

Poetry 4
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 150 cm

Mohammed Mandi

Emirati Calligrapher lives and works in Abu Dhabi as Calligraphy Expert in Abu Dhabi TCA and teaches calligraphy at the Art Hub. He received his Diploma in Calligraphy from Egypt. Also, he obtained Thuluth and Naskh Scripts Degree and “Honorable Hilya” calligraphy certificate from master calligrapher Hassan Jalibi – Istanbul. He won 1st place of “Kufic Script Category” at “Hamd Allah Al Amasi” Calligraphy Competition and received a Letter of Appreciation from former French President Jacque Chirac. He has conducted many solo exhibitions around UAE, Oman and France since 1999; including “The Gift” which contained extracts from the sayings of the late Sh. Zayed Al Nahyan – May Allah rest his soul in peace. Mohammed has also designed fonts of many passports as UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman; as well as currencies as AED, BHD and SYP. He inscribed 30 quotes of the late Sh. Zayed (May Allah rest his soul in peace) on 10 marbles and the UAE National Anthem’s text on a Flag Island Building both in Diwani script.

Ya Rab (1) (O Lord)  Acrylic & Ink on canvas 94 x 60 cm

Ya Rab (1)
(O Lord)
Acrylic & Ink on canvas 94 x 60 cm

Bism Allah, Mashallah (In the name of God, whatever God wills) Acrylic & Gold paper on canvas 100 x 80 cm

Bism Allah, Mashallah
(In the name of God, whatever God wills)
Acrylic & Gold paper on canvas 100 x 80 cm

Ya Rab (2) (O Lord) Acrylic & Ink on canvas 60 x 94 cm

Ya Rab (2)
(O Lord)
Acrylic & Ink on canvas 60 x 94 cm

Ya Kareem (O Generous) Acrylic & Ink & Gold paper on canvas 60 x 94 cm

Ya Kareem
(O Generous)
Acrylic & Ink & Gold paper on canvas 60 x 94 cm

Ya Allah Ya Rahman Ya Raheem (O God, O Merciful, O Most Merciful) Acrylic & Ink & Gold paper on canvas 60 x 94 cm

Ya Allah Ya Rahman Ya Raheem
(O God, O Merciful, O Most Merciful)
Acrylic & Ink & Gold paper on canvas 60 x 94 cm

Mashallah, La Hawla wala Qowa ella Bellah (whatever God wills, there is no power but God) Homemade Filled Paper & Ink & Gold paper 45 x 95 cm

Mashallah, La Hawla wala Qowa ella Bellah
(whatever God wills, there is no power but God)
Homemade Filled Paper & Ink & Gold paper
45 x 95 cm

Majid Alyousef

Saudi contemporary artist and Arabic typographer based in Dubai. He has been practicing Arabic calligraphy for more than 25 years and acquired mastery in the challenging thuluth script. He pursued a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Iraq and a master’s degree in Interactive Design and Game Development from the Savannah College of Art and Design in the USA. Majid Alyousef has participated in a number of group exhibitions including the Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial 12 and 14, a landmark calligraffiti show at Dubai’s Street Art Gallery, and multiple exhibitions curated by the Dubai Centre of Arabic Calligraphy. His Arabic typography designs have appeared in several fine art books with clients including the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha and the Media Office of HH Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, ruler of Dubai; The Saudi Government, The Emirates Room at the UN building in Geneva and many other leading brands and institutions. His work can be identified by a unique marriage of intricate craftsmanship and experimental composition that frequently blurs lines between Islamic art and Abstraction, Cubism and the stylized Arabic alphabet.

White Sky 1 Acrylic on canvas 120 x 90 cm

White Sky 1
Acrylic on canvas 120 x 90 cm

White Sky 2 Acrylic on canvas 120 x 90 cm

White Sky 2
Acrylic on canvas 120 x 90 cm

Reflections By Anna Chiara Valentini, based on the name of Majid’s painting Quilling Art 30 x 30 cm

Reflections
By Anna Chiara Valentini, based on the name of Majid’s painting
Quilling Art 30 x 30 cm

Diaa Allam

Egyptian muralist and live art performer based in UAE. He is Urban Planner and Landscape Architect in profession, the founder of Naht Designs and the Curator of Ajman Murals Project. Diaa won Al Dar Arabic Calligraphy Art Competition. Diaa has participated in many live art shows and exhibitions across the UAE in addition to: Dubai Guinness Record Graffiti Scroll and RAK Guinness Record Biggest glow-in-the-dark graffiti wall. His artworks are displayed in many private and public collections in addition to governmental offices and old buildings outer walls.

A Pathway to Heaven 02 One’s reputation arises by his morality and in his absence he is dignified Acrylic on canvas 120 x 120 cm

A Pathway to Heaven 02
One’s reputation arises by his morality and in his absence he is dignified
Acrylic on canvas 120 x 120 cm

A Pathway to Heaven 03  One’s reputation arises by his morality and in his absence he is dignified  Acrylic on canvas 120 x 120 cm

A Pathway to Heaven 03
One’s reputation arises by his morality and in his absence he is dignified
Acrylic on canvas 120 x 120 cm

A Pathway to Heaven 04 One’s reputation arises by his morality and in his absence he is dignified  Acrylic on canvas 120 x 120 cm

A Pathway to Heaven 04
One’s reputation arises by his morality and in his absence he is dignified
Acrylic on canvas 120 x 120 cm

Previous Exhibitions at our Art Gallery