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Artwork shows 99 names of Allah in 3D

Artwork shows 99 names of Allah in 3D

The artwork is being displayed at the exhibition on the ‘History and Art of Arabic Calligraphy’.



By Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 29 Jun 2015, 1:38 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:16 PM

The 3D artwork depicts a tree with overlapping branches that have leaves carrying the 99 names of Allah. — Supplied photo

Dubai - A 3D artwork featuring a tree with leaves bearing the 99 names of Allah is capturing the attention of visitors at the exhibition on the ‘History and Art of Arabic Calligraphy’, which is being held under the auspices of Hamdan Bin Mohammed National Knowledge Initiative.

The ongoing exhibition is currently taking place at The Dubai Mall and will come to a close on July 6. The exhibition features paintings by calligraphers from the UAE and the Arab and Islamic world.

The 3D artwork created by prominent Iraqi artist and calligrapher Sabah Al Arbili depicts a tree with overlapping branches that have leaves carrying the 99 names of Allah. The artwork is made of acrylic and is offered for sale for $5,000.

A British artist of Iraqi origin, Sabah Al Arbili is considered an ambassador of the art of Arabic calligraphy in Western countries, particularly Britain. Al Arbili, who won one of the highest awards at the first edition of the ‘Ramadan Forum for Quranic Calligraphy’, is keen to participate in various special events in this area in Dubai. He believes in the value of the role played by the emirate in promoting the art of calligraphy globally.

Al Arbili, who has devoted himself to the work of calligraphy to form sculptural or 3-D artworks, has had his works exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Some of his works have been chosen to be included in the permanent gallery of the Islamic Museum of Australia as well as of the United Nations.

reporters@khaleejtimes.com 


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