Arabian Writes

Friday, November 23, 2007

High Expectations

“ You need to see a shrink!” My aunt declared. I couldn’t help myself from laughing. - What on earth for?! Ok. I’m the first to admit that I have some issues, but surely you cannot expect me to go to a psychiatrist for this! - you have a problem, I tell you. She was still going back and forth with... Sign in to see full entry.

Rediscovering the ABC

The clay tablet from Ugarit with the first alphabet in history (see Home of the Alphabet for more info about this lost city and its little known contribution to humanity) One of the most ironic things about life is that when you have found your calling after a long search you discover that all the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


I wonder if anyone can help me with this: As you know I am a writer at heart but a painter by training. It's been ten years since I've produced anything meaningful in terms of drawings and sketching, but with an exhibition scheduled in April I have been trying hard to get my act together and I'm... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Voices of Black Basalt

I promised you in my last post on this blog that I will tell you about “Voices of Black Basalt” an installation that was designed in Granada’s Fine Arts college and displayed at Damascus’s Khan Asaad Basha, a majestic inn located in the spice bazaar Albzuriyyeh. The installation is all about the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

A vision of Peace

This a picture of Khan Asaad Basha in Damascus. The writing on the floor is part of the installation "Voices of Black Basalt', a project designed and carried out by the University of Granada sponsored by a number of Syrian and Spanish faculties. More about it in a later post. I promise! Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Blue Velvet Dreams

I started posting pictures of my work here on Blogit in the hope of finding out what people thought of it, not in terms of nice vs. not nice, but in terms of what it made them think of, what kind of feelings it stirred in them. With about 5 paintings posted to date, ”Blue Velvet” seems to be the one... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Breaking the Chains

I posted this painting a while ago on my "Nomad Mum's diary' blog. It is gouache on papaer. The letters used in the excution of various chains are abstract forms derived from the geometric Koufi font, unlike "Divisions" (posted in the previous entry) which employed whole letters and words taken from... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

The magic of Alhurouf

Al Hurufiyya (Letterism) came into existence in the fifties as an attempt to come up with a school of art that is modern yet distinctly Arab, it has a sizable following as well as being popular with the public. I embraced Arabic letters in my work because it felt right, I loved to write, I loved to... Sign in to see full entry.

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