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We Find Ourselves in the Midst of an Arabic Art Revival


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.