BEIRUT: The walls of Beirut Terraces witnessed something new Saturday, a mixture of calligraphy, abstraction, letters, and messages, as Fadi Al-Awayid, calligrapher and artist, showcased his new exhibition “Life”.
The exhibition opening on March 28, took viewers, art lovers, and friends on a journey of abstraction and visual manifestation as paintings of famous figures, Chinese styles, representation of seasons, and poetry were all mixed with classic and modern calligraphy with hidden messages between the letter and colors.
“I chose the name “Life” for my exhibition because life translates to two meanings,” Al-Awayid told Annahar, “The first life is my private life, and the second is for my relationship with letters. I’ve lived with letters for a long time moving from one stage to another, whether from classical, Chinese style, or abstract you don’t read the letters as dictation, they are a part of colored visual reading, that’s the first part of life.”
Al-Awayid explained the second meaning of life, which translates the usage of circles in his four seasons, love/war, death/peace and sun/moon paintings where the contradiction between topics and colors is used to explain the contradiction in human fate which constitutes the painting of life.
Paintings of Lebanese legendary singer Fairouz, scientist Marie Curie, and Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi were all integrated with abstract calligraphy to bring to life a message and dance between the art forms.
He explained that choosing the scripts inside the paintings is something that needs special care, especially in classic works where a message needs to be sent to the viewer in order to read what’s written in the Arabic language. But in later abstract work, the message that needs to be read is in colors. It is delivered through an abstract interior message that you feel through colors and movement of the letter combined.
“There’s something about Fady and the way he uses letters to move you that makes him stand out between other artists. It’s the message, the dedication, the technique it’s all shown clearly.” Dr. Merhej, a surgeon and art enthusiast told Annahar
The renowned calligraphist won two awards for his work with letter and words: the 2018 International Burda Award with a modern style of calligraphy in UAE, and the 2007 Internation AlKateb Competition.
“I always try to deliver two messages, one of them is direct and you can see it instantly, and the other message is delivered internally, where you feel it with the colors and letters,” Al-Awayid said
With a total of 18 works covering topics of agriculture, music, astronomy, architecture, literature, language, mechanics, medicine, math, and geography, Al-Awayid hopes to take visitors on a historic journey showing Islamic scientific manuscripts in a new modern and creative way, where an informative and visual experience is achieved.
“I’ve been following Fady Al-Awayid’s work for a long time, and every time he has something impressive and new to add, you never know what style you’re going to see.” Lama Azzi, a fine arts student, told Annahar.
The exhibition will be on display and open for viewers at Beirut Terraces- Downtown until the 30th of June.
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