Category Archives: Arabic Art

How Arabic Calligraphy Eliminates Cultural and Religious Differences

arabic-calligraphy-islamic-calligraphy-art-acrylic-on-canvas-ramadanGrowing up in my house, we appreciated the beauty of Arabic calligraphy.  We saw it hanging in our living room walls in paintings and witnessed how it was embedded in the architect of exotic mosques from around the world.  We were in awe of its intricate details required to create such masterpieces.  At school, we also learned about this type of script.  It was taught as part of World History exhibiting wars, struggles and peace.  The emphasis was upon the Ottoman Empire whereas today it would be upon the Arab Spring.  No matter how you look at it Arabic calligraphy is a staple throughout generations reflecting artists’ emotions and thoughts.  And by using this art form the world is able to appreciate it with open arms.  It takes down prejudice walls about culture and religion developing an open dialogue.  It is a remarkable transition to witness those with preconceived, negative notions of the Arab culture change due to valuing the same art that allows the culture to exist in non-stereotypical realms.  Artists recognize this ability Arabic calligraphy has upon the masses.  It is why artists decided to use it to express their own struggles, thoughts and emotions and share it globally without wondering if it shall be ignored, rejected by others.

Are There Different Types of Arabic Calligraphy?

There are many different types of Arabic script recognized and the artistic images created are superb.  It can take the form of an animal or fine art object.  If it specifically represents Islamic art then the image produced is one that allows the letters, lines and forms to shine becoming the object of interest.  The words become the main focus and the image created is abstract.

What Can You Learn from Arabic Calligraphy?

To dive into Arabic Calligraphy is to unveil historical battles, grand love stories and moments that are ‘Game of Throne’ worthy (if the ‘Game of Thrones’ centered around the Middle East and Persian empire).  Huda Totonji, an expert in Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy has taught many courses at Universities, including Harvard University about this specific topic.  In an article on ArabNews.com she states, “I believe that the artworks by master calligraphers and contemporary text artists unravel a beautiful canvas like a fluid calligraphy. This invokes in the viewer a feeling of peace, tranquility, and a quiet melody that sings a song to awaken the soul.  Arabic calligraphy transcends all cultural, religious, and language barriers.”

She also states that students who study this art form are  introduced to the, “beauty of this rich tradition. It brings the history of the East to the West with a hands-on experience. It brings together the similarities between Muslim and Western culture and shows how we both value art, beauty, and culture.”  These are all the same reasons why Ezzat Abouleish enjoys creating Arabic calligraphy.

To find out more about Arabic calligraphy and to see original Arabic calligraphy in-person, contact Ezzat Abouleish today.  He has pieces that depict historical battles, express political views and ones that inspire moments of peace.  He can also create customized pieces.

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We Find Ourselves in the Midst of an Arabic Art Revival

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A political war art piece by Ezzat Abouleish reflecting the Egyptian Revolution.

The new way of thinking about the government role throughout the Arab world is electrifying to witness.  Political views, wants and desires are transforming for the first time to reflect citizens’ voices.  When a revolution strikes the political atmosphere is not the only thing that changes.  In this region, significant impact upon contemporary Arabic art and Arabic calligraphy is visible.

Poets and artists are trying to extend their art and words beyond Arab walls.  It is a mission for the emerging Arab artists and designers to incorporate their heritage of Arabic calligraphy and literature through modern materials and means for the world to share with others.

A recent article featured in the New York Times focused upon this specific trend surging through the world today.

“Naqsh Design House, also in Amman, known for its contemporary minimal style, has incorporated Arabic calligraphy in its paintings, handbags and accessories.  Some include the words of Arab poets like Mahmood Darwish or Gibran Khalil Gibran.”

It is an accomplished achievement for the artist.  Finding a balance between his/her pride regarding the heritage and history of this invaluable art while producing an original means of revealing timeless messages (still) relevant to today’s political events.

Contemporary Arabic art has shaped schools of thoughts and captured historical wars at the precise moment a shift in culture happens.  It is at the core of the “Arab Spring” and what the people are trying to achieve.  The artwork is one way we, outsiders, have the opportunity to listen, capture and cherish their words and visuals.  We can embrace their struggle, find a universal meaning in their words and use it as a way to support their cause.

Ezzat Abouleish has exquisite pieces of contemporary Arabic art at his Houston studio; and if you get the chance to hear him speak then you understand that behind his artwork, embedded into the piece is a fresh take upon the Arab revolution.  His political art makes statements on the current events in Egypt and throughout the Arab world.

To find out more, call Ezzat Abouleish today at 281-488-1388.