Nasser Al-Salem

Nasser Al-Salem

Islamic Architecture & Calligraphy: The Geometric Parallel

Nasser Al-Salem is a well-known contemporary calligrapher. His practice pushes the boundaries of the age-old Islamic art by reinventing it in non-conventional mixed media forms and by exploring its conceptual potential. Al-Salem was born in the Holy City of Mecca and has exhibited internationally at venues including the Edge of Arabia shows in Istanbul (2009) and Jeddah (2012); the British Museum’s Hajj exhibition (2012), the Echoes exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City (2013) and Calligraffiti at Leila Heller Gallery in New York (2013). He has work in the collections of the British Museum and LACMA. Al-Salem was short-listed for the 2013 Jameel Prize and in 2010, he took second place in Saudi Arabia’s National Calligraphy competition. He is a member of the National Guild of Calligraphers and is an active member of Saudi Arabia’s Arts and Culture Group.


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