Kameel Hawa at Nuqat Conference, Dubai, 2012

18. 03. 2012

Questioning the value of calligraphy in modern painting, Kameel Hawa states that ‘We are our Heritage’. Quoting him: “…for the wellbeing of our modern cultural life, the fine calligraphic and art heritage ought to in no way be reduced to poorer, flimsy substitutes, or even to what could be considered a superficial genre of Arabism in art.” To make the case, he presents the long history of work done at Al Mohtaraf in word art and calligraphic design for calendars. He claims that “…what determines the artistic content of any work being art or design, is the nature of the artist’s involvement while doing it. The amount of feeling he renders in it, is what counts and determines how high is the resolution of its artistic pixels.



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Fans collecting pages from Word Art after the lecture



Kameel Hawa with Azza Fahmi, world famous Egyptian jewelry designer



with German designer Karen Von


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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: khtt.foundation@gmail.com  

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Arabic Calligraphy in Modern art; a case by Kameel Hawa

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: