Sit Down With Our October '20 Featured Artist
Ayman Hazzouri aka Calligrapaint
Ayman Hazzouri is a Syrian artist, living and working in France. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Damascus and also holds a doctorate in fine arts from the University of Strasbourg, France .
His work is based on contemporary calligraphy, inspired from different alphabets like arabic, latin and cyrilic. Merging these together to create his own imagined letter forms with asemic, elvish like characters .
The first written record in the history of mankind was found in Ugarit in Syria, it is the cuneiform alphabet. The letter is a sign and each written word carries graphic movements which constitute these abstract signs. We always try to read something in calligraphic works, but Ayman’s multicultural calligraphy does not seek readability but graphic plasticity.
What has been the most challenging project you have worked on so far?
I made four paper rolls 5x1m in multicultural and contemporary calligraphy for my last exhibition in August 2020
What kind of projects do you most enjoy working on and why?
I enjoy doing a mural street art in calligraffiti style and all kind of large size works.
Do you prefer working with Colour or Black and White?
I prefer work with Black and white with a few colours like gold and yellow.
What is it about calligraphy that appeals to you?
It is easier for me to do Arabic calligraphy, as I have studied it for many years, but I try to mix in some Cryrillic and Latin calligraphy and sometimes Kanji style. Eventually I would like to create my own alphabet and artistic vocabulary.
What is your favourite medium to work with and why?
Paper is my favourite medium it is easier to use for doing any kind of calligraphy with pens.
What are you inspires your artwork?
My goal in life is to create a positive message through words, by creating multicultural calligraphy works. In every artwork I try to convey at least one letter of love and inspiration to others through my calligraphy.
Do you have any projects planned that you are particularly excited about?
I have many projects of body painting in calligraphy style “body-calligraphy”. I try to develop my style to be better and better for body artworks.
Are there any other calligraphy artists, or artists in general, that you admire?
Pokras Lampas the Russian is one of my favourite calligraphy artiste and there is one another favourite named Said Dokins I think that he is Mexican.
What is the thing you enjoy most about being an artist?
Being creative is the best way to enjoy being artist that means you are free and you are happy when you realise your work. I don’t care what the time is when I am creating it’s the best moment of my day!
Do you have any other hobbies or pastimes that you enjoy?
I like dancing. The dance for me is doing calligraphy with my body moves, I guide my tango or salsa collaborate like à brush.