The right balance

SHARJAH — A total of 21 typography art works were displayed yesterday at the Sharjah Calligraphy Museum as part of the ‘Expressions’ exhibition which will continue until January 9, 2011.

By Ahmed Al Majaida

Published: Sun 12 Dec 2010, 9:20 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:19 AM

Ali Abbas Asheer, Bahraini calligrapher and graphic designer, demonstrated a highly skilled use of proportion, balance and creativity towards his works, which focused on the beauty of Arabic letters in several forms such as the camel, the horse, flowers and others.

Abbas said during the opening ceremony that the words he had chosen for some works included the 99 names of Allah, and the name of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him), and some verses of the Holy Quran. “With imagination and practice, I was able to use those words to draw pictures, but the hardest part is to choose and draw the perfect letter in the perfect position to make it balanced.”

“I started drawing since I was young. My first art work was finished in 1982, yet it wasn’t good at that time. However, I chose this profession after I had discovered a deep passion towards it, and by focusing and practicing, I became who I am right now, and hope in the future my art will reach the different museums around the world,” abbas added.

Manal Ataya, Director-General of Sharjah Museums Department, SMD, said the exhibition comes within the framework of the participation of Sharjah Calligraphy Museum in the Islamic Art Festival, held under the theme ‘Nagsh & Ragsh’ organised by Sharjah Department of Culture and Information. “SMD is committed to support the work of contemporary artists that reflect various aspects of Arab and Islamic artistic traditions.”

Buthaina Al Rasasi, Curator of the Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, said, “I try to contact new undiscovered artists such as Abbas to promote the talent among others and motivate them to try and succeed like he did.”

“Displayed art works are for sale and all people are welcome to enjoy the exhibition,” she said.

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