Saudi Artist in London, Islamic Illumination, Esra Alhamal

Islamic Illumination is an educational and inspirational website run by Esra Alhamal. She is a Saudi PhD student based in London undertaking her PhD in Architecture and Patterns at the University of East London. For the past three years, she has been learning Persian and Turkish illumination with various artists in addition to a series of intensive courses with the Art of Islamic Pattern and the Prince's School of Traditional Arts.

She is learning the traditional methods, but experimenting with different styles to find her own voice within that beautiful art.

The patterns she paints are based on geometric grids and rules. For the illuminations, she uses tea stained and hand treated paper, real gold 22-23 Ct and handmade natural colours or high quality readymade gouache. One simple piece takes a week to be completed; an average of ten to twenty hours of work.

For Esra's travel blog please visit www.arabianwanderess.com

فن التذهيب الإسلامي موقع تعليمي مؤسس من قبل إسراء الهمل وهي طالبة دكتوراه سعودية تدرس في لندن. إسراء تبحث الهندسة المعمارية  الداخلية والأنماط الإسلامية في جامعة شرق لندن 

إسراء تعلمت فن التذهيب الإسلامي خصوصاً الفارسي والتركي خلال السنتين الماضيتين مع فنانين مختلفين. وقد قامت بسلسلة من الدورات المكثفة مع مدرسة فن النقش الإسلامي وكلية الأمير تشارلز للفنون التقليدية في لندن. تخصص إسراء يكمن في دراسة الأنماط النباتية. أغلب أعمالها تتمحور حول الأساليب التقليدية ولكنها تحب تجربة الأساليب الحديثة المختلفة لتضع بصمتها الشخصية على هذا الفن

تستند الأنماط التي ترسمها على الشبكات والقواعد الهندسية. في أعمالها المُذهبة تستخدم ورق الشاي الملون والمعالج بالإضافة إلى  الذهب الحقيقي 22-23 قيراط والألوان الطبيعية المصنوعة يدوياً أو الغواش الجاهز عالي الجودة. تستغرق رسمة واحدة من أعمالها أسبوعًا حتى تكتمل ؛ بمعدل 10 إلى 20 ساعة من العمل

 

Exhibition معارض شاركت فيها إسراء

  • In Dreams Exhibition at Menier Gallery, London, UK, September 2017.
     
  • Transition Exhibition with Reconnecting Art in Menier Gallery, London, August 2017.
     
  • Constructing Nature collaborative exhibition in Nolia's Gallery, London, UK. September 2016. 

  • Reinterpreting Contemporary Middle Eastern artists collaborative exhibition in Bahrain. April 2016. 

  • Reinterpreting Contemporary Middle Eastern artists collaborative exhibition in Muscat, Oman. January 2016. 

  • Reinterpreting Contemporary Middle Eastern artists collaborative exhibition in Jeddah, Saudi 2015. 

  • Reinterpreting Contemporary Middle Eastern artists collaborative exhibition in Desert Design in Khobar, Saudi 2015.

If you would like to commission a painting, please get in touch with Esra via the contact page

Workshops دروس مُقدمة من قبل إسراء

  • Cass Art Kingston
    March, 2018
  • Cass Art Islington Monthly Workshops
    March - May, 2018
  • Re-Connecting Art Islamic Illumination Workshop
    August, 2017
  • SOAS Islamic Illumination Workshop
    March, 2017
  • Re-Connecting Art Islamic Illumination Workshop
    December, 2016
  • Re-Connecting Art Islamic Illumination Workshop
    November, 2016

If you would like Esra to teach at your university or art gallery, please get in touch with her via the contact page

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