“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.“ ~ Dschalāl ad-Dīn ar-Rūmī
Since 2016 I am exhibiting illustrative work from this blog and fine art at various events and venues world-wide. Amongst the venues are art festivals, gardens and churches.
Islamic philosophy and the existential battle between light and shadow is the inspiration of my art. In my fine art work I meditate on flowers, a popular subject in Islamic art. I observe how the light gives birth to beauty and how light aids colors and forms to emerge from shadow and darkness.
For over a millenium, plant motifs in the form of vines, leaves, flowers, fruits, and trees were most frequently used in the art of the Islamic world. Fine Art as we understand it in the modern sense (as a discipline in itself) did not exist yet. Artistic ideas were and are expressed in many facets, amongst them in the healing arts as a supreme, divine form of artistry. Architecture, gardening, medicine, mathematics, geometry, decorative arts, all were destined to merge into the “fine art of Islamic art”, that is to enlighten, inspire and heal the senses, the body, the mind and the spirit.
For more information about my fine artistic work please visit my website, www.royaazal.net