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Palestinian-Jordanian artist Mohammad Al-Shafie has found a unique way to mix calligraphy and graffiti. اضافة اعلان

With a street art-inspired take on the shapely doodles of Arabic calligraphy, he creates beautiful, colorful murals all over Amman. His art form is known as “calligraffiti”.

“I wanted my art to stand out and represent me,” the 25-year-old said. News from Jordan. “Calligraffiti is a unique concept here in Jordan and is not very common as it is in other places such as Egypt and Tunisia, so I thought it was perfect.

The artist, known as Chaf, learned calligraphy from his father and late older brother. He explained that his brother, Abd Al-Aziz, inspired him to choose calligraffiti as a career. “He was the biggest influence, he taught me how to do calligraphy and even bought me my first tools. I owe my career to him,” he said.

“It was more of a hobby until I got to college,” the artist recalls. “I had a teacher who told me about graffiti. I remember looking at it, then later trying to combine calligraphy and graffiti, resulting in the type of murals I now call “calligraffiti”.

It took time for Chaf to develop his own style of calligraffiti. “I wanted to create my own font, have my own style. Whether it was the shape of the letters I used in my calligraphy or the brushes I used for a mural, I wanted people to be able to immediately recognize that it was me behind the design as soon as they saw it. have seen,” he explained.

Besides his typeface, another special touch the artist brings to his murals is the use of local rap lyrics in the paintings.

“I love listening to local rappers, and usually their lyrics inspire me. I find the music relatable, so I include the lyrics in my murals. I draw them, and then I come up with the whole concept of the painting,” said he declared.

A specific mural he did some time ago was during a live performance at the National Gallery of Fine Arts in Jordan. “During a hip-hop show at the gallery, I used the lyrics of a song by Egyptian rapper Abyusif – Gaw Br2. I wrote it live in my calligraphy style all over the mural – people absolutely loved it,” he said.

The artist spoke about the message behind his calligraffiti murals: “My art can be interpreted in many ways, but for me, I make sure to use Arabic calligraphy to emphasize the importance of using our mother tongue to express our emotions and feelings through art. ”

“Also, I think Arabic has a kind of magic, where it makes people feel comfortable and at peace – even if they don’t understand the language, they are captured by the beauty of the letters. “, he added.

Chaf said he considers his art a “cool combination” of ancient Arab culture and modern art.

Although calligraffiti is his primary art form, he also creates digital paintings using his computer. Some of his favorite subjects are cartoon characters from beloved children’s television shows, such as SpongeBob, Pokémon, and the Teletubbies. He also paints characters from animated films, such as Pinocchio.

“Those ones, I love painting them,” said the artist. “I feel like some of these cartoon characters have always been there for me, since I was a kid, and they remind me of my childhood.”

“I’m also still a little childish and I love having fun drawing these characters,” he continued. “I know for a fact that they inspire others too.”

Chaf also paints portraits of famous rappers and singers, including The Weeknd, Eminem, Travis Scott and Wiz Khalifa. “I love their music and it inspires me,” he said.

About the future, the artist commented, “I want to reach a point where people all over the world recognize my art, I want to create a strong name for myself and spread my calligraffiti in the Middle East.”

“I hope to inspire others to take different unique career paths like art, especially since mine isn’t that common.”

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