Traditional Arab Calligraphy Gets A Street Art Makeover
Tunisian artist merges Arabic typography with urban graffiti.
Arabic calligraphy merged with street art or graffiti has become a signature style of Tunisian artist El Seed. His spray paint technique “calligraffiti” murals are popping up across the globe encompassing inspirational messages. At a recent visit to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard, El Seed describes his work as:
occupying a middle ground between classical Arabic calligraphy and action painting. He first used calligraphy to help connect with his own Arab identity. Failing to find a teacher, El Seed studied on his own. His lack of formal education in calligraphy, coupled with the intuitive, reflexive movements encouraged by spray painting, led him toward a freer approach to shape and color.