Nasser Al Salem

“Although you could say my work is very much inspired by my religion, I by no means have a specific audience, and hope that my messages have a spiritual or historical significance for everyone”

1984 born in Mecca and lives in Jeddah.

Nasser Al Salem studied Architecture at Um al Kora University in Mecca and and has expanded his creative ability into his calligraphic practice. The story of writing is one of aesthetic evolution framed within the technical skills, transmission speed and material limitations of a person, time and place. His practice pushes the boundaries of this age-old Islamic art by re-inventing it in non-conventional mixed media forms and by exploring its conceptual potential. Therefore, Al Nasser’s work is not only aesthetically beautiful but conceptually refined. Having grown up in the Holy City of Mecca, his work is heavily influenced by Islamic religion and tradition.

He is heavily involved in community projects, and has participated in public mural paintings and conducted calligraphy workshops around the Kingdom to include the Free Arts Festival in Jeddah in 2008. Additionally, he is affiliated to the national guild of calligraphers and an active member of the Arts & Culture Group of Saudi Arabia. Nasser’s concepts venture far outside calligraphy’s traditional box of contents. His artworks shed light on verses and concept that lie outside the mainstream and that have particular resonance with him.

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