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Master Strokes: Contemporary Calligraphic Art from the Islamic World

The October Gallery, London

23rd Mar – 22nd Jun 2002

Spanning the divide between word and form, these artists celebrate the beauty of poetry, religious texts, philosophy, and even words without literal meaning, by embracing styles from the lavishly intricate to the borders of abstraction. Their works articulate a distillation of thought, word and form into pure expression: the outward gestures of profound revelation.

The exhibition includes works by: Rasheed Butt (Pakistan); Ali Omar Ermes (Libya); Maysaloun Faraj (Iraq); Tajamul Hussain (British, origin Pakistan); Nja Mahdaoui (Tunisia); Hassan Massoudy (Iraq); Samir Sayegh (Lebanon); Laila Shawa (Palestine) and Wijdan (Jordan).