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Arabic calligraphy painting exhibition in the City

This exhibition of contemporary Arabic calligraphy paintings aims to blend Arabic language with the beauty of colour. A script is beautiful in its own right but, when given a contemporary touch by converting it into a painting, the script dons a different look altogether.

art and culture Updated: Dec 13, 2011 01:57 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

A script is beautiful in its own right but, when given a contemporary touch by converting it into a painting, the script dons a different look altogether. A similar concept will be seen at this exhibition, scheduled to take place in the Capital, December 17 onwards.

In the form of uniquely developed contemporary style in Arabic calligraphy paintings, the works of artist Salva Rasool will be displayed at her solo exhibition, Elahiya -Divine words.

“Arabic language is very beautiful. Just like English, this language too has different fonts which can be played around with,” says Rasool, who has been in this art for the 20 years now.

artThe artist has also innovated her own scripts on canvas. There is a visible influence of traditional style of calligraphy in her paintings that can be related to ancient calligraphic styles such as Kufic, Diwani, Thuluth and Naskh. Some of these works have also been inspired by the works of renowned calligrapher, Al-Qandusi.

“One thing that interests me the most is innovation through scripts,” says Rasool, who has held many exhibitions abroad.

Rasool has dealt with the serious subject of calligraphy in a unique style. The predominant use of earthy colours and shades is infused with vibrant and bold colours in few of her works.

“Few of my works have been inspired by the old Quraan, which is very interesting when looked at from the aspect of calligraphy. These works symbolise a unique fusion of the old script and modern art,” she says.

The artist has also used the theme of stripes, which according to her symbolises modernity. “The striped textures give the viewer a sense of modernity. It brings the old and the new together but with a contemporary touch,” she says.

“My work is an epithet of my Islamic faith. I hope my paintings evoke positive energy,” she says.

Know the artist
Salva Rasool: Known for her original modern Arabic masterpieces, this 1985 graduate from Sir JJ School of Arts has since developed her childhood passion with her contribution to the arts. Her work makes frequent appearances in South Africa, Middle East, United Kingdom and the United States.

Catch it live
What:
Elahiya-Divine words
When: December 17-20
Where: Experimental Art Gallery, IHC, Lodhi Road Timings: 6.30pm onwards
Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market on the Violet Line