He writes in many layers; exposes some and removes others

About the Artist

Employing Arabic calligraphy as an ingredient of a painting is like walking on a tightrope. If you do not manage it well, your work is doomed to fail, and conversely, if you do it effectively, you have gone a step forward in the craft of aesthetically combining calligraphy and fine arts.

Khalifa al-Shaimi: uses the brush for coloring and writing “Thuluth” which is the most difficult variety of Arabic calligraphy, it is really a miracle.

The Egyptian calligraphist Khalifa al-Shaimi was trained by many renowned figures, the most recent of whom was the Turkish artist Hassan Jalabi. Khalifa established a deep bond with Arabic calligraphy and used it as a major tool in painting.

His technical prowess has the momentum to take his works an extra mile by introducing fine art projects which he terms “invocations.”

Khalifa al-Shaimi: They were kind of rugged murals on which invocations, prayers and adages were inscribed.

Khalifa al-Shaimi: I inscribe Arabic letters in harmony with their surroundings, and leave spacious colorful areas as they mirror clouds or the sky which gives the painting an aesthetic dimension.

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