Emirati fine arts showcased at Paris Book Fair

Sun 18-03-2018 16:30 PM

PARIS, 18th March, 2018 (WAM) — Sharjah’s pavilion at the Paris Book Fair is hosting a series of workshops and sessions highlighting the UAE’s culture, literature, and rich legacy of traditions.

The workshops have brought together Emirati conceptual artists Abdul Rahim Salem and Salem Al Junaibi, and calligrapher Khalid Al Jallaf, Chairman of the Emirates Society of Arabic Calligraphy and Islamic Ornamentation, who are entertaining the large turnout of French visitors every day, with their live drawings and Arabic calligraphy.


The Emirati artists also introduced visitors to the Emirati fine arts movement, in a way that has never been experienced. They created live paintings as a form of visual performance art, sharing their conceptual experiences and expertise on how they deal with colour, build form and achieve visual balance in their works.

Queues outside calligrapher Al Jallaf’s workstation are a common sight at the Sharjah pavilion, with French residents and citizens eager to take home a representation of one of the most authentic forms of Arab and Islamic arts. Al Jallaf shares with the audience the types of calligraphy he has mastered and highlights the efforts of the Emirates Society of Arabic Calligraphy and Islamic Ornamentation in training and supporting calligraphers by showcasing their artworks globally.

The Sharjah pavilion has also displayed artworks by a host of the most celebrated calligraphers from the Arab world, featuring verses from the Holy Quran, Arabic poetry and proverbs.

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