Haji Noor Deen
Soraya is a classically trained Islamic calligrapher who pushes the paradigm of classical calligraphy, while respecting the traditional foundations of the art. 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
About the Author:
Just some dude who likes to pretend he is a writer… He draws the odd cartoon sometimes as well… Oh, he also likes to believe that he is somehow a coffee aficionado and is an occasional #TotesOrganic ironic hipster. Check out his full profile here.