EL SEED SPOKE BY PHONE
FROM HIS DUBAI STUDIO
Let’s start with “calligraffiti.” There are quite a few artists who do it now. Did you coin the term?
No, to be honest with you, this is a term that has been used the first time in New York for a show, I think in ’84. A show created by Jeffrey Deitch for some calligraphy artists and some graffiti artists from New York. He had this vision 30 years ago that calligraphy and graffiti would merge together. To be honest with you, me today, I don’t even use this word to define myself. I’m just using calligraphy in my artwork. I do sculpture, I do canvases, I do art installations. I’m trying to get out of the box that I think I used to be in a few years ago.
Art by Safwan Dahoul/ Ghayath Almadhoun is a Palestinian poet born in Damascus, Syria, in 1979, and living in Stockholm since 2008. With the Syrian poet Lukman Derky, he founded Bayt al-Qasid (Hou…
Source: Ghayath Almadhoun: The Details.
The annual David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year returns to the Mall Galleries, London, from June 28th to July 2nd as part of the renowned annual Week of Wildlife Art.One hundred and thirty six pieces are in competition for the £10,000 top prize. The natural world is portrayed in a wide range of contemporary works including oils, watercolour, bronze and ceramic. There is one overall winner across all categories, and winners in seven categories – Animal Behaviour, Urban Wildlife, Hidden World, Wings, Feathered or Otherwise, Into the Blue, Vanishing Fast and Earth’s Beautiful Creatures.
One hundred and thirty six pieces are in competition for the £10,000 top prize. The natural world is portrayed in a wide range of contemporary works including oils, watercolour, bronze and ceramic. There is one overall winner across all categories, and winners in seven categories – Animal Behaviour, Urban Wildlife, Hidden World, Wings, Feathered or Otherwise, Into the Blue, Vanishing Fast and Earth’s Beautiful Creatures.
There is one Iranian artist who has been shortlisted:
Naeemeh Naeemaei – Iranian artist Naeemaei’s concern for the endangered species of Iran is reflected in “Siberian Crane”. Painted in a dreamlike, figurative style that is disarming in its sincerity, the artist’s imagery brings together many different elements of Iranian culture, from religious ritual and sacred scriptures to folk tales and children’s stories. (Press Release)
Amid Cairo’s brick buildings and heaping piles of trash is a sprawling work of art, which, at first, looks messy and incoherent.
But when you stand on the nearby hillside and read the spray-painted Arabic “calligraffiti,” as its creator Tunisian-French artist eL Seed calls it, the message reads loud and clear: “If one wants to see the light of the sun, he must wipe his eyes.”
The quote represents the importance of withholding judgment of people just because of their circumstances, says eL Seed, who first visited the community a few years ago. He’s called the piece “Perception” for just that reason, hoping to get people to see past the area’s physical appearance.
The entire piece took three weeks to complete, and eL Seed says it was done in total secrecy from the Egyptian government due to the country’s strict laws forbidding artistic expression.
Dubai, UAE; April 28, 2015: The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), in collaboration with RTA, is redefining the UAE’s artistic landscape by working with local and international artists to wrap the Dubai Metro carriages with works of art.
The spectacular artworks of prominent artists, Abdulqader Al Rais, Rachid Koraichi and Safwan Dahoul have now debuted as Dubai Metro carriage wraps, following the unveiling of the first Dubai Metro carriage wrapped with a spellbinding photograph by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.
Published — Sunday 7 February 2016
Featured image 1: Gharem Studio presents ‘Ricochet’ (image from The Arab British Centre)
Image 2 & 3: Ajlan Gharem, Paradise Has Many Gates, 2015. Courtesy of Gharem Studio
A group of young Saudi contemporary artists is causing a sensation in the country and throughout the Middle East with their modern works, questioning some of the aspects of our society.
Gathered in art collective called “Edge of Arabia,” these 20 men and 18 women are producing some of the most modern and sophisticated works of art I have ever seen. Unlike the more traditional Saudi artists who only paint landscapes or abstract images, these young innovators use digital photography, painting and large installations to express themselves and engage the viewer.
Ajlan Gharem, a young Saudi who was born in Khamis Mushayt and now teaches mathematics at a public high school in Riyadh, recently made a small mosque completely from wire, with a minaret, which lights up in green lights at night. Faithful can come and pray, and there is an imam to lead the five prayers of the day.