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…
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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.