A Contemporary Woman Master of the Pen

"There is an idiom in the culture of the East: 'No mashk can be without love.' To love what you are doing is one of the fundamental principles of being successful." (Hilal Kazan)

Islamic Art Hands-On

"Learning through doing is critical, it’s not simply about acquiring a critical analytical understanding of the designs. A sensitivity to the contemplative dimension of the work, both as a student and as a teacher, is essential." (Richard Henry)

Testament to the Symbiosis of Difference

"The conceptual ambiguity of the resulting patterns, a theme also represented in the large projects I have created over the years, create an interactive experience in which the onlooker’s subjective experiences of alienation and belonging become part of the piece and its identity." (Anila Quayyum Agha)

‘Silent Synchrony’

"This visual abundance created by the transposition of images, colours, techniques and light and shadow also brings me back to my childhood and the countless hours I spent observing the magical world created through the eye of a kaleidoscope..." (Samta Benyahia)

The ‘Spiritual’ Matrix

"Experiencing art in different surroundings especially so different and specific like Japanese culture was magnificent but also challenging. Although there are many cultural differences I was more occupied with the things we shared in common." (Taida Jasarevic)

Beauty and the Lens

"These days, unlike before, I’m more into ‘reality’ than ‘truth’. I think that reality emerges in front of an artist’s eyes like magic in each and every second but that it is we who can’t often see it." (Kourosh Adim)

Best Interviews in 2013

In 2013 we were inspired by interesting interviews with amazing artists, gallery owners, curators and institutions leaders. Let us remember them:

Islamic Art with a Modern Twist

"There is a very interesting relationship between generative, computer-programmed art and Islamic art starting with the simple fact that in both patterns and numbers underlie everything." (Zarah Hussain)

Exploring the Shapes and Curves of Arabic Letters

Sabah Arbilli (born 1977) is an Iraqi- British artist known for his painting and sculpture. Over the last ten years Arbilli's work has had a tremendous impact on Arabic calligraphy-inspired art on the international art scene. A winner of many awards, he explores calligraphy in a new contemporary style. His practice combines a painterly aesthetic with the beauty of Arabic letters. In this interview, Arbilli shares his views on his art and invites us closer to understanding and feeling his work.