Friends and Acquaintances

18. 03. 2009

In March 2007, Al Mohtaraf Director Kameel Hawa held an exhibition at City Café, Beirut, one of the most enduring cafés in the heart of Beirut. The exhibition showcased the artist’s earliest black and white sketches to most recent, enlarged and printed to 40 x 60cm. The sketches are of family, dear friends and acquaintances that have both influenced and made a mark in the artist’s life.
When the pencil ends a drawing journey, a complete creative movement is achieved. The resulting sketch represents the subject in such a profound manner that it is in no need for any addition to successfully express it in form or spirit. If the sketch is intended to turn into a painting, this ‘diabolic’ simple line, with its twists and turns, carries within it the secret codes for the ensuing tones and colours. It is almost near impossible for a painting achieve the high degree of expression without the spontaneous and powerful demarcations of the simple line. In conjunction with the exhibit an A6 catalogue containing Hawa’s sketches were` on sale.

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Kameel Hawa: Shape of the Word – Arabic Typographic Sculpture for Public Spaces  here.


Beirut sculpture takes center stage and opens the Beirut Art Week in front of Le Grey Hotel in the presence of the artist Kameel Hawa, the Lebanese minister of culture and the the director of the Beirut Art Fair Laure D'Hauteville among others.


On April 13, 2013, Al Mohtaraf Beirut studio will be hosting the launch of the book 'Arabic Type Design for Beginners' from the Khatt foundation. Book your copy:  

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Mohtaraf will be at the annual 56th Beirut Arab Book Fair with its newest book collection, Stand C28

ISTD awards AlMohtaraf two Certificates of Excellence for the design of the books: