eL Seed’s New Scripts – Interview by Johnny Hanson for ARAMCO WORLD

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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.
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More: http://www.aramcoworld.com/en-US/Articles/July-2017/eL-Seed-s-New-Scripts

Remembering Louay Kayali: Life Is On The Streets.

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Louay Kayali was a Syrian modern artist, a brilliant painter born in Aleppo in 1934. He began painting at the age of eleven and held his first solo exhibition when he was eighteen.

Kayali died in 1978, from burns incurred from his bed catching fire, reportedly from a cigarette (he suffered from depression, leaving many to think it was suicide).

Kayali studied art at the Accademia di Belle Arti, and met Syrian artist Wahbi Al-Hariri there – they would remain friends for the rest of Kayali’s life (Al-Hariri became his mentor). Later on, Fateh Moudarress (also mentored by Al-Hariri) and Kayali represented Syrian modern art at the Venice Biennial Fair.

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Kayali graduated in Rome in 1961 and returned to Syria where he started his career as a fine arts professor at Damascus University, where Fateh Moudarres also taught.

Kayali’s artwork changed during his life, he…

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ART OF RESISTANCE, PALESTINE, SYRIA Ghayath Almadhoun: The Details.

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.

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Wildlife Artist of the Year 2016 – Mall Galleries

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:

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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)

More: http://www.davidshepherd.org

 

An artist created a giant mural across 50 buildings in Cairo without the government noticing Chris Weller Mar 30, 2016.

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.

More: http://www.techinsider.io/artist-el-seed-giant-mural-cairo-2016-3

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The Art Of Mohammad Khayata.

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I was first introduced to Mohammad Khayata’s work while I was strolling down the streets of Beirut last November. On of his works (Walking on Thread) was exhibited in a gallery I passed by and it caught my eye immediately. I told myself I should remember his name and investigate more about his art when I come back home.

Khayata is a painter and a photographer, born in Damascus in 1985. His first solo exhibition was organized in Lebanon, three years ago.

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Khayata’s work is beautiful – it’s sensitive, powerful, thoughtful. In Bits and Pieces, he portrays symbols of what went on in Syria, combining stories and memories like a patched work stitched and tied to a canvas.

The images capture real life grief – from the portrait of a man wrapped in a patched quilt made of memories to…

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Salahi’s Garden & What’s Inevitable.

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Ibrahim El-Salahi is a Sudanese artist, an important figure in African and Arab modernism. El-Salahi is considered a pioneer in Sudanese art and was a member of the Khartoum School that was founded by Osman Waqialla.

Hassan Musa writes about El-Salahi (he first heard stories about him when he was a teenage boy): “I was fascinated by the idea that an ordinary Muslim man could live as an artist, because in my imagination they were unreal creatures who came out of European literature”.

El-Salahi’s international success soon turned him into a national hero, so much so that in 1970 the Department of Tourism distributed a poster in which El-Salahi posed in his studio, with the caption “Sudanese artist at work”.

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El-Salahi developed his own style and was one of the first artists to elaborate the Arabic calligraphy…

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