When Graffiti Meets Calligraphy
Calligraphy is a visual art related to writing and is often described to be the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and eloquent manner. In contrast, graffiti writing or drawings are scribbled, scratched, or painted illicitly on a wall or other surface, often within public view. The bringing together of both contradictory art forms gives birth to a rather peculiar art; Calligraffiti. The term was first coined by Dutch artist Niels Shoe Meulman in 2007 as the title of his solo exhibit. He describes it as “traditional handwriting with a metropolitan attitude” and a “way of translating the art of the street to the interior of museums, galleries and apartments.”
I spoke to 24-year old Majed Ahmad who has been drawing since 2007, his love for Arabic and art introduced him to his innate talent for Arabic caligrafitti.
“I want people to know what is beautiful through Arabic calligraffiti & Graffiti in my own way” he says.
Being born and bought up in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Majed has always been in touch with his Arabic routes, and likes to use his talent to spread messages through his art. He continues to create breathtaking and powerful pieces of calligraffiti and graffiti after moving to the UAE and has done so in various countries all around the globe.
Mixing such a rebellious art style with an art which revolves around precision and eloquence, can create a powerful art form which aims to spread a message of peace and love to those who need it most.