Gestures of Light
The art of Hassan Massoudy
Published by Abu Dhabi Festival - 2012
Produced by October Gallery and ADMAF
Texte bilingue anglais/arabe
Format 30x30cm - 278 pages, 90 calligraphies
Hassan Massoudy is building a legacy that shall effortlessly transcend the temporality of time. His life story and career progression from Baghdad to Paris has been nothing less than awe-inspiring. Over the last 40 years, Massoudy has made significant sacrifices to attain a level of visual expression that resonates across cultures and continents. As a craftsman, he preserves the cultural practice of millennia; that which was borne from the banks of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. As an artist, he is evolving tradition to new levels of beauty and meaning and advancing expression to new forms.
Her Excellency Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo Founder, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation
Hassan Massoudy is a pure soul who cannot be bound by rational strings no matter how delicate or transparent; a boundless spirit who only soars in a world of subtle words, borrowing elusive verse and enticing the heart towards a distant play of meanings, sounds, voices, light and shadow. Only there and then does Massoudy find himself, in a creative milieu that fuses the restrictive rules of calligraphy with the free will of imagination; thus the classical master calligrapher provokes the contemporary painter to conceive works of art which defy classicism and modernity alike.
Princess Wijdan Al-Hashemi of Jordan
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