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Paul Dash Comments on Kameelhawa’s art Exhibition Paper 2018

I am thrilled and humbled at being asked to contribute to this exhibition, a few observations on Kamalhawa’s art. Hopefully the words I share will do justice to what is certain to be a thought-provoking, skilfully executed and wide-ranging show. Kameelhawa’s art is multi-dimensional and multi layered. It is multi-dimensional in the wide range of media engaged, the ease with which he progresses from religious or secular themes to  figuration, abstraction, design, fine art, etc. His practice is multi-layered in the depth and range of enquiry attendant on each theme and the manifold ideas and concepts engaged. If we take drawing as an area of enquiry he makes imagery with the precision of a designer steeped in the designer’s art, which sit alongside free-flowing sketches that encapsulate the emotional response to a pot of flowers or likeness of a sitter. His drawn images inspired by Arabic calligraphy, however, are located firmly within...

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MOMENTS by Kameel Hawa @ Galerie Cheriff Tabet

Artist Biography Kameel Hawa draws, paints, sculpts and designs. He projects words into art pieces, shaping typographic sculptures out of Arabic and Phoenician alphabets. He dabbles with photography, creates books and magazines and experiments with screen prints and other art forms. An autodidactic artist, he is today best known for his sculptures: the typographic monument of Beirut, the tribute to his alma mater AUB, and the eight interpretations of the word Fann (Arabic for Art) which have drawn both popular and particular acclaim. An accomplished designer, Kameel founded AlMohtaraf some three decades ago, a regional graphic design house which he still inspires and drives to date. AlMohtaraf is famous for combining refined aesthetics with modern design solutions, unfailingly maintaining a profound continuity with indigenous needs and values. Kameel has had several solo exhibits in Beirut, Cairo and Kuwait. He has participated for years in the Beirut Art Fair and the Beirut Art Week. His...

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كميل حوّا يحاضر في نيويورك عن المنحوتات الحروفية في الساحات العامة

حاضر الفنان التشكيلي والمصمم الغرافيكي كميل حوّا في نادي كبار مصمّمي الحروف (Type Directors Club (TDC في نيويورك مساء الخميس الماضي، حول المنحوتات الحروفية في الساحات العامة. استعرض حوّا في محاضرته تجربة «المحترف»، دار التصميم التي أسسها ويقودها منذ ثلاثة عقود بين جدة وبيروت، ومسيرة الانتقال بين مختلف التّجارب الخطّية مروراً بفن الكلمة. وبيّن في محاضرته كيف أنّ الانتقال من التشكيل الخطي إلى المنحوتة ثلاثية الأبعاد ليست مجرد زيادة في الكتلة أو الحجم، بل هو تحوّل كامل ينشأ عبر عملية فنية تحدّت إعادة تشكيل في بنية الكلمة. ويصبح البعد الثالث للكلمة بما يعطيه من معنى ودلالة بعداً رابعاً. كما أوضح من خلال تجربته خاصية الكتابة العربية في التكيّف الشكلي بلا حدود ممّا يميّزها عن كثير من اللغات. وطرح حوا تعريفاً لتصميم الحروف بأنّه تخصّص معاصر ينقل الحرف العربي من مرحلة فن تشكيل الخطوط إلى مرحلة فن تصميم الحروف، من «الكوليغرافي» calligraphy إلى «التيابوغرافي» typography، أي من عصر الفنون الحرفية إلى عصر الصّناعة...

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Beirut Troika

I had this piece of ‘3XBeirut’ for a while now. I saw its aesthetics, like many other people.. but never got the feeling from those photos for it exhibited temporarily in our National Museum.! It looks like a classic.. like a part of a Roman charriot! … ...

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A Perfect logo!

So beautiful, so inspiring..so fit for an environmental concern.. in Paris! A perfect logo creation. It cannot be, except for what it is. The first superb surprise is the white vein in the centre of the leaf, none but Tour Eiffel! And once more Tour eiffel proves immortal.. And its curvature moulds beautifully with the leaf! The view is so tender and serene and telling. The concept becomes complete with the the sun-like white circle on the left hand upper corner. It has created also a burn in the leaf. The feeling derived is wholesome. The concept arrived to with a simple beginning of looking at a green leaf. Then seeing the white vain.. It must have taken a minute to see, an hour to getting it done with. I can’t say enough. Only that I am sure this logo was achieved with a single-logo version..no more!   And I love it! ...

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Beirut’s name stands high

Beirut, the typographic design of the name of the Lebanese capital, that was within the Mohtaraf Word Art portfolio by Kameel Hawa for many years, is now a majestic typographic sculpture standing high in a beautiful location facing the marina of the attractive restaurant hub of Zaitounah Bey.  At the early evening of this Wednesday June 24, the sculpture of Beirut, was unveiled in a resounding event organized by the CCC, the well known contractors, that acquired the art piece and donated it to the city of Beirut. The event was sponsored by the Lebanese minister of interior Nuhad Almashnouq, and attended by around three hundred guests including country dignitaries, opinion leaders and senior members of the business sector. During the unveiling of the monument, a swarm of balloons went flying into the spring blue sky, and a new beautiful song dedicated to Beirut by the well known composer Ahmad Qabour was played, to add an additional magical touch...

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A second award of typographic excellence

Mohtaraf font by Kameel Hawa wins the TDC Certificate of Typographic Excellence. For the second time the TDC prestigious Certificate of Typographic Excellence 2014, goes to Kameel Hawa of AlMohtaraf design house, for the recently developed typeface named after the design house: MOHTARAF. In 2007, our typeface Midan was granted this certificate, after having won in the Linotype Arab type design conference in Dubai the Herman Zapf award. Later Linotype assumed the distribution rights of Midan. The wining typeface Mohtaraf, can be actually considered the Design House Signature typeface as it had inspired Mohtaraf logotype several years ago. Lately it was used as the titles font for alMohtaraf newsletter. The older unfinished version was left in a rudimentary state for many years, until last year when Kameel Hawa decided to redraw it nearly from scratch. He was assisted in finalizing the drawings by Jeddah based designer Abdurrahim Fuad. Then, and under the supervision...

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Art Reflections

Eight typographic sculptures on the pool! Beirut Art Fair 2014 featured an installation of eight typographic sculptures, designed by Kameel Hawa, at the lake of Place Samir Kassir for the Fair’s duration from September 18th till September 21st. This is not Hawa’s first experience in typographic sculpture, for Beirut Art Fair 2013 had already featured his piece “Beirut”, which is an iron sculpture featuring the word “Beirut” with a neo-Kufic treatment, exhibited in front of the Le Grey hotel. Apart from that, and away from sculpture, Hawa has a long history of work related to 2D typography, and had in fact authored an art book entitled Word Art II (2010), whose cover featured the design “Fann” which soon enough was turned into “Fusion in Red”, namely the first piece in the collection exhibited at the Place Samir Kassir. All eight sculptures are variations on the Arabic word fann (art), with the material used...

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A tour of my exhibit

here you can have a brief tour of the exhibit ‘kameel Hawa drawing the line’, which comprises litho prints, art pieces and paintings with different media.You will notice special sections like bird corner, squibble corner, word art and books. Within the bird corner there are some art pieces of metal, like three huge jars of steel cast, some photos are of guests during ending evening. The prima donna of my Exhibit Holding the relief print in my hand I had the urge to do this stroke of blue! The singular blue color stroke made such a difference. It turned a litho print into the most cherished piece of art in my exhibit, although I couldn’t price it as such. Just a singular fluid blue that crosses over the outline of the woman in a bathing suit by the pool ladder, reaching down to the water level. As if the sketch was totally reinterpreted. I have no...

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Beirut takes a new turn!

To see my design of Beirut tattooed on the arm of a beautiful young girl, was for me such a touching experience. The design has been appearing and reappearing in places. Posters for festivals, artworks that relate to the city. (one appearing below) You name it. But this was different. You can’t blame me ! ...

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