I was born in Reading, Berkshire, England in 1945.
After 30 years as a successful graphic artist and designer, and following my reversion to al-Islam in 1980, I began to study Arabic calligraphy.
The Moroccan master calligrapher al-Qandusi inspired me to copy and learn his unique and original al-Andalous style. After more than 20 years of practice, my own personal style emerged. I see my work as a continuation of al-Qandusi`s innovative work.
Al-Qandusi said, “ Every letter is a graphic, every word is a graphic, every line is a graphic and every page is a graphic.”
This is an view that I share and practise. I do not claim to be a calligrapher in the traditional orthodox sense of the word, but more an `artist of Arabic forms.`
“ I am a concept artist. When an idea comes to me, it is my work to manifest it, and I am compelled and obliged to create what I have envisaged.
I consider my work to be ` spiritual geometry`, and I use all my ability and experience to achieve visual balance and harmony as a manifestation of the original feeling.
It is as though I am given a destination, and I must find a way to reach it. My skill is in completing the journey quickly, without deviation.
I work with the letter forms and the spaces between them. I look at the letter, the word and the whole piece, as it is all one related graphic. Each piece must be beyond need of change and complete in itself.”
With this vision and new methods, I am attempting to bridge the gap
between the standard appearance of Arabic calligraphy and computer-generated art. My intention is to present to the world a fresh view of the timeless Qur`anic message.
I sincerely hope that my concepts, style and approach will be an inspiration to artists, students and calligraphers everywhere. I welcome contact, feedback and collaboration with anyone who appreciates the importance of originality and the development of this ancient science.”
Al-Qandusi said, “ I am the pen, Allah is the hand that moves me.”
I say “ I am the mouse, Allah is the hand that clicks me.”
Some verses ( surah ) are presented many times in various ways demonstrating the endless possibilities of this vast science.
I see no limit and end to this work.
Above and below are examples showing the progression from
al-Qandusi`s original work ( right ) to my
new renditions ( left ).