Khalilullah Chemnad, Indian-born Arabic calligrapher, displays his one-of-a-kind collection of anatomic Arabic calligraphy at Seef. Born with talents and harnessed with skills, Khalilullah creates portraits of high-profile personalities using the corresponding calligraphy of their names. Among his creations is the DSF logo in calligraphy using the words in Arabic. He is presently involved in drawing the face and calligraphy honouring His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. This seven-metre canvas of Arabic calligraphy will be part of a huge art wall that will contain several pieces of artworks from the participating artists.
Abdulrahman Al Maaini, an Emarati artist, has taken the wall as his art project this DSF. Taking cue from classic Arabic art, Al Maainiâ€™s abstract painting features bright colours that have become his signature style.
Iranian artist Mina Ahmady presents her wonderful collection of portraits and paintings. The artist, who is also an art teacher at the Iranian Club, has been sketching since the age of eight and has gone on to become a well-known artist in the UAE.
Another artist who has chosen Seef to reach out to audiences is Uday Resselpuram. A specialist in sand art, Uday boasts of a sand collection of about 30 natural colours, having collected them on his numerous travels. After sketching a portrait, Uday spreads glue at specific areas and then carefully sprinkles sand in phases to complete his art work.
Visitors can catch these artists from 5pm to 11pm daily until February 28, 2010, when DSF will conclude.