Category Archives: Animals الحيوانات

The works included here feature Zoomorphic Calligraphy in its truest sense, i.e Arabic calligraphy which depicts animals. This sections is not called Zoomorphic Calligraphy, because in many circles zoomorphic calligraphy has come to include calligraphy which forms not only animals but also people and objects as well.

Mutanabbi’s Lion

This piece features Al-Mutanabbi’s proverb “إذا رأيت نيوب الليث فلا تظنن أن الليث يبتسم” “Just because you see the lion’s teeth don’t assume that the lion is smiling” The quote is written exactly six times throughout the image of the … Continue reading

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Surah 105 – The Elephant سورة الفيل

This piece is part of my recent experiments with color, in this case using just my favorite green, the color of Islam. The elephant is formed entirely using only Arabic calligraphy in the ornamental Diwani Jali script. The text in … Continue reading

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Lizard’s First Law of Inertia Color Original – قانون السحلية للقصور الذاتي

Recently I have been experimenting with color, and have done several new Quranic designs as well as reworking some of my originally black and white designs which I think work well in color. This piece is a color original based … Continue reading

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Welsh Flag علم ويلز

58x42cm, a recent commission for a friendly Welshman. Yes, I realize that I’m catering to a very niche market with this one… The (colourless) Flag of Whales is depicted using the Diwani Jali Arabic Calligraphy script featuring the words from … Continue reading

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Lizard’s First Law of Inertia قانون السحلية للقصور الذاتي

42x29cm Ink On Paper The image in this piece is created using only the Diwani Jali Arabic Calligraphy script from the poem ‘Lizard’s First Law of Inertia’ by Scottish Poet, Emily Ballou. The poem is written exactly once from head … Continue reading

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Groucho’s Elephant الفيل في منامتي

This elephant is drawn from the Arabic calligraphy Diwani Jali script, using only the words form the Groucho Marx quote. “One Morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How it got into my Pajamas I’ll never know.” Marx’s Elephant … Continue reading

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Emerson and the Camel إمرسون والجمل

The believing we do something when we do nothing is the first illusion of tobacco. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson People complaining about smoking here: It’s the real deal, honkies.

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Giraffe of Damascus زرافة من دمشق

Dimensions of Original Piece: 45x35cm A giraffe is depicted using only the letters and shapes found in the Diwani Djali Arabic script. The text reads; “Syria needs trade sanctions like a giraffe needs a throat infection.” The text is written … Continue reading

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Darwish’s Horse فرس الدرويش

This piece of Arabic Calligraphy depicts a horse using the text of Mahmoud Darwish’s poem Take My Horse and Slaughter It. The poem is written exactly once, beginning in the head of the horse and finishing in the tail in … Continue reading

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Yoda

Yoda is depicted using only the characters and shapes of Arabic Diwani Jali Script from two of Yoda’s famous quotes from the Star Wars saga. These quotes can be seen below in English. An interesting and truly unique addtion to … Continue reading

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