A calligraphic paintings show by the most prominent visual artists of Pakistan was held at Ejaz Art Gallery. These 12, group of practitioners have developed and transformed calligraphy into a unique art form. Culturally, calligraphy has been used to a much greater extent and in astonishingly varied and imaginative ways, which has taken the written word far beyond pen and paper into all art forms and materials. Keeping the essence of calligraphy being an Islamic traditional art facade, the participating artists have struck a balance between transmitting a text and expressing its meaning through a formal aesthetic code that carries transcendent values.
Aamir Kamal, a renowned calligrapher started his work in 1997. Since then he has devoted his aggregate to Islamic calligraphy. He has exhibited his work around the globe and many of his calligraphy masterpieces features in the world. Aamir Kamal’s has worked to promote the art of Islamic calligraphy. He has had several group exhibitions. He has worked in a number of calligraphic styles, including reproductions of texts from the Qur’an the hadith, traditional invocations and prayers and property. His specialty is in the illumination of the traditional style of calligraphy using gold leaf. He mainly works on “paper” and “wasli” and recently, has started his traditional style, on “canvas”
“Words destroy, words create;
They will be all or none, as you choose.”
Whether within our own thoughts, spoken or written, letters have the powerful potential to transform the world we live in. They give expression to our lives, our souls, our deepest longings and strongest emotions. They can stir every kind of emotion inside us. They can take us on fantastical adventures or transport us to another place. They can build us up, or tear us down. They can mend a broken heart or they can be source of the damage in the firstplace.
Letters are an expression. Just like art is. And these two are like forces of nature – embodiments of our emotion, our creative thought; our very ideas.
“Huroof” is an attempt to combine the brimming energy of these two elements. It is an endeavor to create something new and beautiful out of them – a fusion of the sagacious wisdom behind text and the maddening passion of art.
A letter can be as simple as I and as complicated as it. And strokes of vibrant colors or simply the shades of grey that etch this word from a pencil lend greater meaning to it. This is the idea behind “Huroof”. To capture the beauty created by the embrace of art with letters and to preserve it in a canvas that lasts.
This union is made possible by merging the ancient knowledge of Islamic calligraphy with the unorthodox innovations of today, so that every new combination astounds and amazes everyone from the casual viewer to the keen observer.
“Huroof” makes use of all forms of paints and pencils, but the medium is not as important as the message itself. For out of even the most ordinary color, rises something remarkably extraordinary. And so, every canvas, every illustration is a masterpiece which holds a different meaning for anyone who is drawn to its mystique and everyone who gazes into its depth. Enter a world of words and art, and let its vibrant colors cast their spell upon you!
Mussarat Arif is one of the women calligraphers of our time who uses ‘Kufi’ form of calligraphy in her artworks with painterly touch. She produces calligraphic art governed by the principles of balance and proportion, rhythm and unity. She incorporates various patterns and geometric designs in her work which interwoven with the words of the Holy Quran emits a soul touchingaura.
The journey of self--discovery motivated her to the creative world of painting. She preferred Kufi calligraphy using various types of mediums, including oils, acrylics, watercolours and pastels. Her recent work in calligraphy appears in square and circular shapes, highlighted by brightred, green, blue, ochre andblack.
The arcs and loops, ovals and circles, vertical and horizontal lines are used as designs in her artworks. The basic geometrical forms remain the same in all works. This time she chooses warm, earthy tones, which gives a calm, subtle feel to her paintings . She also uses new elements such as patterns of ‘Ajrak’ --a local symbol in her calligraphy.
My paintings … A simple message of peace to heal the ones who gaze upon them
Being a visual artist understanding the effect of colors on human psyche and the symbolic meaning of an art work were my foremost priority,
Colors play a vital role on the human psyche. My work is inspired by this wonderful world of colors and their healing powers. Sound, fragrances and people all around inspire the colors I choose and the imagery that prevails in my work. From the time that a single painting begins to the time I complete it, the personalities, auras and moods of people around me shape my work, which makes each paintingunique.
Spirituality, I believe, is my most fundamental muse; therefore, it is no wonder that through symbolism, I choose to express my perception of all that I see. There is a sense of freedom while painting symbolically because it is a language that can be deciphered differently by everyone, hence it is my way of sharing a secret with everyone, which gives me the ability to feel connected universally. Rumi’s poetry became my muse and a gentle guide to experience the universal love which bonds us all humans. My work has evolved my personal growth and understanding of the universe seen through the eyes and heart of the Sufi mystics.
Being from a culture where women tend to decorate everything from a shirt to a plate so as to celebrate the colors of our environment and thus my paintings are highly decorative and extremely colorful.
Therefore, like cosmology, my paintings give a message of unity in which the entire universe is taken as one whole unit including all creations – physical and metaphysical bonded in one focal unit all engaged in worship of God. This was the message of the mystic Sufi’s.
Thus, my paintings are transformed as my life’s passion and a never ending road to spiritual discovery
“Calligraphy is an ancient art actually it is a type of visual art. Whereas Islamic calligraphy is our religious as well as cultural heritage, its protection is our collective responsibility. Islamic calligraphy is associated with geometric art. Proverbs and passage from the holy qur’an are the major source of inspiration.’’ There are many types of scripts practiced the world over for calligraphic paintings by zulfiqar ali but the most preferable is khat--e-kufi. Zulfiqar ali usually focuses in kufi script which was practiced much before islam. With the advent of islam, Muslims promoted this script and brought into it. Zulfiqar writes quranic words on canvas in a modern style. His creativity expresses his board vision and artistic qualities.
The exuberant and brightly colored calligraphy paintings of javed qamar catches the attention of the viewer at first glance. several names of Allah are incribed on a globe in a well-developed perspective. the composition speaks of the God's omnipotence: he is all over the globe in different forms. interestingly, the artwork speaks about the attributes of God that the artist feels most relatable.
Arabic, the language of the Holy Quran and Prophet Muhammad PBUH inspires me. I use the Arabic alphabets in my artwork and it makes me feel an everlasting relation with this language, as it is the chosen language for all Muslims to pray in.
In my recent works, I have tried to show importance of ‘Nukta’ in a different manner. Though it seems small and useless but it plays important part in completion of Arabic alphabets. In my present work I have enhanced the importance of ‘Nukta’ and ‘Alif’ since it’s the starting alphabet of Arabic Language. The effect is further enhanced by intermingling them with Arabic alphabets and specific
Islamic illuminated colors
My work is based on abstraction and reflection on traditional Calligraphy. The inspiration came from Iranian calligraphic fonts such as Shikasta and Moalla. I have been working on traditional fonts including Nasta”aliq, Thuluth, Naskh, Dewani, Kufi. Etc
Since I strongly believe in experimentation, that’s why my participation in abstract calligraphy workshops in Italy (Stefano Belbo & Venice) and France, gave a new direction to my artwork. I started amalgamating English abstract calligraphy and Arabic font together. I always try to complete a painting till my own satisfaction.
Through different and experimentation, my artwork came to a point where I started diffusing the calligraphic words by creating an illusion. As one draws closer to the artwork, multiple layers of the quranic text seems visible. In some of my works, I also used gold leaf and Silver leaf, which gave another meaning to the art form. I was awarded National honor in march, 2016
My work explores the universal values of love, faith, prayer, beauty, and divinity. In the synthesis of these emotions and pictograms, with Holy lettering, I have developed my own unique style of calligraphy. I try to fuse colours, dots, lines, and words, and construct new modes of expression based on traditional arabic writing.
I come from a family of calligraphers, but I am not satisfied with the repetition of traditional styles of calligraphy. Instead, I envision and then create a style that is exclusively modern.
In my view, every colour has a unique quality and sense. Black represents hajr-e-aswad, (the black stone, which forms the centre of the Kaaba), in Mecca. red is for life; green for Islamic traditions; and blue for the infinite sky and spiritual existence. Gold and silver represent the supreme realm of Allah.
As an interest and thinker, I wish to align aesthetics in art and morals. My artistic manifesto is to inspire a modern art movement which will challenge all cheap, plastic imitations. I also wish to promote a new wave of artistic creation here in Pakistan and in other Muslim countries.
Amin ul Hasanat
God has endowed everyone with the ability to see, feel and express but some are given a greater share than others. Hence art is a natural gift, not an acquired trait. Those who are born with this ability and talent can polish their skills through practice and training. Artists are born, not made. One look at the history can confirm this fact. Amin ul hasanat, being an experienced ceramist and a wonderful calligrapher, possesses special ablilties to compose unique artworks that are pleasing to human eye.
If painting is music, then I play it on my canvases. My calligraphic symphonies run in low keys, smoothly. Suddenly, they move into a higher pitch, with thick strokes to surprise....and then, just as suddenly, they resume their soothing melodies. This is how I work on my canvases. I subtly divide space by writing small pieces around the focal point and fill the focal point with a large word.