Updated: Oct 16
Was surfing the internet today to check on information about Dirar, we currently organizing few things and trying to put everything in order, so I found a very interesting article from December 2013, not sure who wrote it, but It's really nice and I want to share it with everyone.
The Middle East is seeing a flowering of art. In countries from Egypt to Iran, Syria to Saudi Arabia artists are drawing from their Islamic culture and contemporary society and creating a new modern art aesthetic that straddles both East and West. Hossam Dirar is one such artist, a graphic designer who has become renowned for his graphic paintings, his canvases a fusion of calligraphy, street art, and painting.
Brought up in Cairo Dirar has spent a lifetime living in a melting pot of cultures and working in a city that has been an important crossroads for millennia. This rich and potent mix of geography, politics, and religion is the foundation for these paintings, each one a reflection of a society that is undergoing much change in particular since the Tahrir Square uprisings during the Arab Spring in 2011.
Like many young artists across the Arab world Dirar has looked to the past to invigorate the present, his love of Arabic calligraphy, patterns and motifs the point of departure, the structure on which he builds up his multi-layered paintings, the result a style that has echoes of the street, the ferment and urgency of a population that demands to be heard and is seeking to take control of its own destiny. Here’s what he has to say about his work:
"Art is my way of expressing my concepts and perspectives in life. Life is full of images; through my art, I try to capture the essence of those images on canvas. The abstract is my keyword. Nature is my inspiration. Mind, shapes, and imaginations are my basic elements. My digital art explores the magic of our heritage in a new contemporary vision & give ‘rebirth’ to old & traditional icons; with the genuine use of colors, calligraphy, icons, & patterns. Through my artwork, I try to bring to life the beauty of old times, the depth of memorable images in a modern unique vision. Thus text & calligraphy are features that I use. The strong impact of words merged with the patterns makes the piece of art a true illustration of my perspectives."