Islamic art is a metaphor for the Divine Reality, so in my art, I try to hint at that Beauty that makes the heart and the soul light up
On most days, artist, calligrapher and photographer Samir Malik, can be found in his home studio in leafy West London, preparing a commission or tending to the seeds in his newly built greenhouse. The former osteopath made a radical change to his life in 2002 when he left his home in Germany to travel to Syria in order to study classical Arabic calligraphy at Damascus University. Thus began an 12 year career in traditional art.
While learning the traditional rules of calligraphy, Samir started to develop his own contemporary and highly stylised version of the artform. Using paints rather than fine inks and sweeping, unfinished strokes in multiple colours, Samir created a freeform and abstracted, modern version of an ancient art. This earned Samir both praise and criticism. His contemporaries politely pointed out that his ‘Alif’s’ were not long enough and his ‘Ba’s not wide enough.