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Sleight of Hand

Mahmood Vatankhah

The Persian character of Nastaliq script inspired me

Vatankhah’s powerful forms arise from the desire to express a cosmic kind of poetry. In rich gilded panels and pottery inspired by ancient Kufic artifacts, these pieces are designed to enrich the spirit.

In Muslim society, calligraphy is a very important art and has many significant influences in Islamic and Persian culture. Calligraphic forms in these cultures started with geometric shapes. These glyphs evolved with an exacting, aesthetic approach to letters.Inspired by the beautiful writing in Persian
literature, I become familiar with Nastaliq script, created in the 13th century, when the most beautiful and precise Islamic calligraphy was produced.

Calligraphic forms in this culture started with geometric shapes. These glyphs evolved with an exacting approach to letters. A great tradition was built in the depths of history.

Letters and words have a complex relationship with concepts and meanings. This is significant because human relations are formed with the language and are communicated through letters.

I have a postmodern approach toward my artwork. That is, I try to pay attention to artists and work from past periods and apply these observations to contemporary subjects. I want to preserve history while also living in today’s world.

For information on individual works, see Mahmood’s profile on lettering.com

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