Saudi Artist in London, Islamic Illumination, Esra Alhamal

Islamic Illumination is an educational and inspirational website run by Esra Alhamal. She is a Saudi artist and PhD student based in London undertaking her PhD in Architecture.

Esra has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Interior Design from Manchester, UK, a Masters of Arts in Interior Architecture from London and now researching Islamic biomorphic patterns at the University of East London as part of her PhD.

The interest of Islamic art and pattern especially started when she was doing her master’s degree in London, where she had an access to specific Islamic pattern classes. She also holds an open program diploma from the Prince's School of Traditional Arts.

Although, Esra is a practitioner of the traditional art of Islamic illumination she is constantly investigating various applications of the art form on surfaces for her work.

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.

فن التذهيب الإسلامي موقع تعليمي مؤسس من قبل إسراء الهمل وهي فنانة وطالبة دكتوراه سعودية تدرس في لندن 

إسراء لديها بكالوريس فنون في التصميم الداخلي من جامعة في مانشستر ببريطانيا وماجستير فنون في العمارة الداخلية من جامعة بلندن وحالياً تدرس الدكتوراة في جامعة شرق لندن حيث أنها تبحث الأنماط والزخارف الإسلامية النباتية

بدأ شغف إسراء بالفنون الإسلامية والزخارف بشكل خاص في مرحلة الماجستير ووجدها في لندن ساعدها في إيجاد مدارس لتعليم هذه الفنون. فقد حصلت على دبلوم مفتوح من مدرسة الأمير تشارلز للفنون التقليدية 

يُعد تطبيق الفن التقليدي في مجال التذهيب من الأمور المحبذة لإسراء ولكنها تحب التجارب الفنية التي تتضمن استكشاف أسطح فنية مختلفة 

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

  • Manifesting the Unseen at Guest Projects, London, UK, November-December 2018.

  • 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

Esra teaches monthly workshops in London, UK and other occasional workshops worldwide. She also teaches the art of Islamic illumination online to make this art form as accessible as possible.

  • Desert Designs Gallery - Khobar Saudi Arabia - May 2019

  • Ithra Museum - Khobar, Saudi Arabia - January 2019

  • Cass Art Kingston Monthly Workshops - March, 2018 - present

  • Cass Art Islington Monthly Workshops - March - May, 2018 - present

  • 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 to host Esra to teach at your university or art gallery, please get in touch with her via the contact page

A selection of Esra’s artwork أمثلة مختارة من أعمال إسراء الفنية

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