Echo of Words
Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) celebrates, in this special edition, the artwork of the Egyptian artist and master of calligraphy, Khalifa El Shimy. The artist is known for his strong affection for Arabic script, whose mysteries and aesthetics are the subject of his constant research and analysis. While El Shimy adheres to the established regulations and rules governing the Arabic script, he never departs from the freedom of the fine artist dwelling deeply inside him. His calligraphy combines the solidity of Arabic script and the splendor of plastic art paintings, with the rules for which are relatively different from those of calligraphy.
The artistic career of El Shimy has gone through a number of phases featured in the critical study in this book. The first phase is characterized by a group of paintings that are inspired by the Diwani script; the second is more liberal, as it has enabled the artist to free himself from the influence and authority of the scripts and move to the absolute world of abstraction. In the third and last phase, he blends the first two phases together, as he worked on the pairing between the aesthetic of script and vigor of plastic art paintings in a harmonious significance that is both brief and highly expressive.