Self-taught calligrapher and painter Ziad Talhouk creates stunning geometrical compositions, which often include Arabic calligraphy, using ink and acrylic on paper. The shapes he employs vary from typically Islamic decorative elements to Gothic components and even to mandalas, thus giving life to a dialogue between different cultures and historical periods.
When employing calligraphy, the artist chooses a single word or a short motto, which always express philosophical concepts, and repeats if infinitely throughout the painting. It is uncanny how Talhouk’s calligraphic works, with their subtle colour compositions, manage to evoke the feeling of the chosen word or motto before the spectator gets close enough to read the word. The varied calligraphic style is reminiscent of Indian and Persian miniatures in its delicacy.