11 November 2023–31 December 2023

Black & White

by Wissam Shawkat

Mestaria Gallery

The exhibition features the outstanding new work from Wissam Shawkat.

Starts 11 November 2023

Ends 31 December 2023

Venue Mestaria Gallery

Warehouse 35

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Wissam Shawkat is an award-winning calligraphy artist and designer, specialised in letter forms, Born in 1974 in Basra (Iraq), he was first introduced to Arabic calligraphy at the age of 10 by his primary school teacher Muhammad Ridha Suhail.

Shawkat is largely self-taught in the rigorous medium, attaining mastery through book research and visits to various museum and library collections throughout the region. He has received numerous prizes for his calligraphy and has participated as both an artist and committee member at multiple editions of the Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial and the Dubai International Calligraphy Exhibition.

“Black & White is an exhibition of works selected from across my oeuvre – from Classical pieces and Al-Wissam Script to the most contemporary Calligraforms –united by an absence of colour. By removing this visual distraction, the fundamental elements of the works are brought to the fore; form, shape, and composition reveal themselves without diversion. The binary nature of positive and negative spaces, through their minimalist simplicity, offer the viewer a more accessible study of proportion, depth, weight, and style” – Wissam Shawkat

We cordially invite you to attend the Exclusive Exhibition Launch on Saturday, 11th November from 4pm-8pm, where you will have the opportunity to meet the artist in person.

We are keeping advanced access strictly invitation only so please sign up for Exhibition Entry to receive your invitation.