11 Inspirational Calligraphy And Calligrafitti Artists

A modern take on the historic Islamic Art

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Haji Noor Deen  

Haji Noor Deen is a renowned master of Arabic calligraphy. He brings an immense learning in traditional thought and Islamic art to a modern audience, juxtaposing them in a new calligraphic style all his own, both Eastern and Western. The Chinese and Arabic calligraphic traditions have often been compared as the two of the world’s finest manifestations of the written word, when combined the result is an artistic piece that is a work of incredibly unique beauty, and a testimony to man’s synthesising genius.

eL Seed  Photo credit: www.elseed-art.com Photo credit: www.elseed-art.com

eL Seed is a ‘calligraffiti’ artist, a blend of the historic art of Arabic calligraphy and  the modern art of graffiti, mixing street  culture  from  Paris  and Arabic  history to poetic effect. Born to Tunisian parents in the suburbs of Paris, eL Seed spent his formative years juggling different cultures,  languages,  and  identities.  Today   eL Seed’s  pieces  have  developed out  of  two worlds colliding, with these  two cultures clashing and blending into one another, to form a new identity, a unique mark and a distinctive style.

Soraya Syed  

Soraya is a     For Soraya, her practice is a process of disciplined freedom and she enjoys the constant tension between remaining true to her classical training while exploring further possibilities.

Hassan MossoudyPhoto credit: http://hassan.massoudy.pagesperso-orange.fr/galerie.htmPhoto credit: http://hassan.massoudy.pagesperso-orange.fr/galerie.htm Photo credit: http://hassan.massoudy.pagesperso-orange.fr/galerie.htm Photo credit: http://hassan.massoudy.pagesperso-orange.fr/galerie.htm

Creations from Hassan Massoudy are a subtle mix of present and past, oriental and occidental art, tradition and modernity. He perpetuates tradition while braking from it. Over the years he has purified and simplified the lines of his drawing. The words and phrases he draws come from poets and writers from all over the world or sometimes simply from popular wisdom. All his work is strongly inspired by a humanistic interest. The emotion that one may feel looking at his calligraphies comes from the movement of the lines, their lightness, their transparency, the balance between black, white, emptiness and fullness, the concrete and the abstract.

Aerosol ArabicPhoto credit: www.aerosolarabic.comPhoto credit: www.aerosolarabic.com Photo credit: www.aerosolarabic.com Photo credit: www.aerosolarabic.com

The Art of Mohammed Ali is described as challenging the oft-heard term ‘clash of civilisations.’ with his fusion of street-art and islamic script, along with conscious messages that speak to people of different faith traditions. He describes his work as, ‘taking the best of both worlds.’ and bringing back to the forefront principles that are fading away from our modern societies.

Wasiela Noor  

Wasiela is a talented calligraphist as well as a graphic designer and is now exploring the space of designing homewares. She states that her art is an expression of her faith, and this permeates all her work.

Ruh al Alam  

With a background in typography and design, Ruh found a natural and familiar channel of expression in calligraphic letterform and art. Ruh’s artwork isn’t limited to calligraphy, he regularly works with photography, videography, installation, motion graphics and sculpture.

Mohamed ZakariyaPhoto credit: www.mohamedzakariya.comPhoto from theismaili.org Photo credit: www.mohamedzakariya.com 

Considered the preeminent ambassador of Islamic calligraphy in America, Mohamed Zakariya brings a Western sensibility to the practice of a classical art. His works have  been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally, most recently in such venues as the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar; the Belleview Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington; and the Asia Society in New York. After a trip to Morocco, where he was first tutored in calligraphy, he returned to California and, in 1961, accepted Islam. Zakariya spent the next five years affiliated with a French art impresario and gallerist in Los Angeles, learning fundamental principles of European design and crafting objects of wood and metal fit for a Cabinet of Curiosities.

Dose OK  

No one really knows much about Dose, not even his real name, but you’ll always know where he’s been because he leaves behind a trail of vibrant calligraffiti. Fusing traditional Ottoman-style calligraphy with a fresh New-Yorker graffiti aesthetic, his art is unique and directional.

Wissam Shawkathttp://www.buro247.com/  

Wissam Shawkat is a master of Arabic calligraphy and a graphic designer. His degree in Civil Engineering, received from Basra University in 1996, complemented his artistic pursuits and offered him the skills necessary to excel at draftsmanship and design.

He developed his own style at the crossroads of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary aesthetics. Working in a wide range of media, Wissam’s colorful abstractions are today the expressions of a unique voice that breaks boundaries and speaks to an international audience.

Peter F Pham   

Peter is a designer by day and a self-taught arabic graffiti artist every other hour of the day. Although he mainly works digitally (and not with the traditional spray can), he enjoys working with paints and markers on walls and on pretty much anything that he shouldn’t scribble on. 

The original version of this article was written by Reuben Brand and first published on Creative Ummah.

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