In graphic detail
Salva Rasool has been exploring contemporary Arabic calligraphy art for two decades. With her upcoming show, Elahiya 2012, the Mumbai-based artist has yet again created a collection of paintings that possess intrinsic values and culture of the art that reflect colour and strokes. The Guide showcases three paintings from this collection, their meaning and the inspiration for the artist to create them
Bismillah: (In the name of God)
The artist specially selected this painting in a vertical form and designed the Arabic script unlike the traditional ones. There is a tremendous flow and use of forceful strokes to bring about a feel of movement in the artwork. The white script is distinct yet complements the vibrant colours used in the painting. Multiple layers of textures used create a balance to maintain the modern and contemporary look.
Inspiration: “This particular piece of art was an inspiration from the bright vibrant colours of Indian culture. It was my travels to Rajasthan that inspired me to work on this piece,” says Rasool.
La Yu Kalle Fullahu Nafsan Illa Wus Aha:
(On no soul does God place a burden greater than it can bear)
This painting is a blend of the traditional Arabic script with a modern contemporary background. The colours are selected carefully, to create a soothing feel when one looks at the work. Textures and splashes used in the background aim to arouse interest in art lovers.
Inspiration: “In today’s stressed up lifestyle, what better than having the divine words put up as an art form to let an individual know that he has his Creator who will not lay a burden on him more than he can bear. This motivates a person and helps him to become strong,” says Rasool.
Allah, Jalle Jalalahu: (God, He is the exalted Majestic)
The script in this painting is unlike the traditional Arabic script and is specially conceptualised to give a unique and modern feel. The black and white stripes have been incorporated since Rasool personally thought that this symbolises modernity and gives the artwork a very contemporary look. The warm colours in the painting are carefully selected to blend well and suit any neutral decor.
Inspiration: “Many people love to have a remembrance (keepsake) of their creator, be it in any religion. What better than having it in an art form that can adorn your walls and enhance the entire decor of your living room. The meaning of God is universal, it’s only the expression used that is Arabic,” says Rasool.
Till: November 5, 11 am to 7 pm.
At: Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Discovery of India building, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli.