Islamic calligraphy is a much appreciated form of art as it is closely connected with the culture and history of Islam. The Iraqi artists Mohammed Al Nori and Wissam Al Hadad in their exhibition titled 'Ink of the Clay and the Light of the Pen' underway at the Cultural Foundation, ...

By Anjana Sankar

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Published: Mon 26 Apr 2004, 2:29 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:32 AM

have given the historic art new dimensions by attempting innovative styles and designs in their reproduction of the Holy verse.

"Calligraphy is a line in mind and a belief in the philosophy of language that leads to comprehension, wisdom and imagination. It is love in the form of poems sent by heaven and taken up by the artists as a way to preserve the language and religion of Islam." A glimpse at their works in ceramics, and one would be convinced that both the artists have successfully carried out the mission of promoting and generating renewed interest in this classical art.

Mohammed Al Nori who is currently working in Sharjah Centre for Arab Calligraphy and Ornamentation has participated in more than 14 exhibitions in Iraq, Spain, Jordan, Germany and the UAE including the exhibition of Iraqi Calligraphy Society, Al Wasti Festival for Plastic Art in Baghdad and Sharjah Exhibition for Islamic Art in Sharjah museum among many others. His logo designs were chosen for projects at Baghdad University, Qadissya University and for the Holy Quran competition at the Sharjah Women's Club. A member of Iraqi Calligraphers, Jordanian Calligraphers, Iraqi Artists and the Arabic Calligraphy group of Dubai, he has also worked as designer, calligrapher and painter in Iraq TV, Dubai TV and Iraqi newspaper.

Wissam Al-Haddad is currently working as a teacher of ceramics in the Sharjah Institute. The founding member of Zukhrut company for architectural tiles, Wissam specializes in decorating mosques, applying ceramics works to architecture and applying calligraphy in three dimension.

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