Abd A. Masoud


    • Male
    • Wire sculpture
    • Sculptor
    • Painter
    • Mixed media


    About the artist

    Arabic calligraphy with a difference describes best what I am trying to show in my work. My goal is to reshape the Arabic script, to combine it with ornaments and symbols, to create an artistic work without figurative painting. I am trying to make the Arabic calligraphy or the Arabic signs understandable and acceptable for Arabic and a non Arabic viewer.

    In order to make the calligraphic element more attractive for the "non-Arabic speaking viewer", I am deliberately avoiding the traditional main criteria of calligraphy (white background and black letters). Instead I am using Arabic translation of quotations, poems and astrological texts. I do not renounce the gold colour which is used traditionally in Arabic calligraphy for decorating and embellishing. But I use the gold very discreet to decorate the surfaces of certain objects and give them a special breath.

    Therefore the spectators find in my paintings different backgrounds and a variety of patterns and structures presented in a varied range of colours while maintaining the visual contrast of the Arabic script. I like to work with different colour layers, deep and daring shades which are able to lead the viewer into a wide lightness of the image and pleases there eyes.

    Old manuscripts with new interpretation best describe my new work series. I get inspiration and new ideas from reading and viewing old Arabic manuscripts and maps. Without getting restricted to the traditional calligraphy rolls I am feeling free to re-design and re-interpret these ancient scriptures and convert my thoughts to the final result on the canvas.

    My art work gives a new touch to the contemporary Arabic art without loosing the old roots and maintaining the Arabic artistic heritage. My modern interpretations of Arabic calligraphy are acquiring popularity and admiration more than older forms of traditional calligraphy works.

    I am feeling proud producing a unique harmony with my work through combining all these elements such as colours, textures, patterns, symbolism and the various writings styles which are best presented through my inspiring motto - Arabic calligraphy with a difference.