ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING
Peter Sanders, internationally recognised as one of the worlds leading photographer of the Islamic World. The photographer began his career in the mid-1960's covering Londons'' seminal rock and roll scene, capturing now legendary music icons in a collection that is considered a classic by collectors.
Towards the end of the 1970's, Sanders' attention turned inward which set him on a spiritual search that took him to India and led him in the end to the Muslim world. All the while the photographer captured his surroundings on film, creating a striking and disparate record of the last vestiges of traditional Muslim societies in transition. Sanders' own deep commitment to and love of traditional Islamic culture has brought him into intimate contact with people and places few photographers reach.
“My photography has always been an extension of my life,” he said. “Photography is a wonderful process - a gift from God - that has allowed me to learn so much about myself and the world around me. Its like chasing a moment, trying to capture a beautiful bird in flight.”
Haji Noor Deen
Born in 1963 in eastern China's Shangdong Province bordering the Yellow Sea, Haji Noor Deen lectures on the art of Arabic calligraphy at the Islamic College in Zhenzhou, where he has also established a correspondence course to enable students from all areas of China to study Arabic calligraphy. In addition, he researches Islamic culture at the Henan Academy of Sciences. In 1997, Haji Noor Deen was the first Chinese Muslim to be awarded the Egyptian Certificate of Arabic Calligraphy and to be admitted as a member of the Association of Egyptian Calligraphy.
Haji Noor Deen's extraordinary mastery and genius in the art of Arabic calligraphy along with his unique ability to spectacularly deliver his craft to an audience has brought him lecture and workshop invitations from some of the most renowned and prestigious institutions around the world, including: Harvard University, Cambridge University, University of California-Berkley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Tufts University, the Bukhari Institute and the Zaytuna Institute, amongst a few.
Hakim Archuletta has worked within the healing arts profession for over 30 years. His interest in medicine and natural health and the study of God's Creation began as a child. His first formal studies were in the Fine Arts which he studied in the 60's in Berkeley where his expertise ranged from graphic arts to theater, cinema and ethnomusicology.
He has worked with young people for many years and taught science on a high school level for six years in a very “hands on” method and worked on curriculum that is age appropriate and spiritually based in science for young people. More recently he began to focus on trauma and was trained in the methods of Dr. Peter Levine and others. Today he lectures and teaches classes and workshops nationally.
He has conducted workshops and lectured at University of California Berkeley, Harvard, Wellesley, Stanford, UCLA, University of Houston and many others. He addressed and led the New Mexico State Congress in opening prayers after 9/11, writes, reads and organizes poetry readings. He has students and patients across the world.
AerosolArabic is the artwork of artist Mohammed Ali, born and raised in Birmingham, UK. His work takes the urban street art form of graffiti and fuses it with the grace and eloquence of Islamic script. His art is described as, challenging the oft-heard term, “clash of civilisations” and by taking the best of both worlds, he creates a style which he refers to as “urban spiritual art”.
Mohammed Ali has been involved with the arts from a young age, and was inspired by the New York graffiti movement from the early eighties. While at university he studied Multimedia Graphics, and then went onto work in the computer games industry.
However, It was through his rediscovery of his faith that he began to merge the graffiti style with Islamic art, and began to use his creative ability to connect different communities. His work is appreciated across the globe, from the USA to the UAE, and has exhibited his work as well as creating his unique spiritual public murals across the globe. His work has been reported by international media, as a “bridge of understanding between faith communities.”
Soraya Syed Sanders was born and raised in London. Of mixed Pakistani-French origin, Soraya returned to the UK after completing her apprenticeship and receiving the icazetname (Islamic Calligraphy Diploma) in Istanbul. She attended the Arts Foundation at Central St. Martin's, London. She read Arabic and History of Art & Archaeology at The School of Oriental and African Studies, and in 2001 graduated from the Masters programme in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts at The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, London. Her written and visual work has been published and exhibited in the UK and abroad. She now resides in west London with her husband and two daughters.
Lateefa Spiker, 26, was brought up by parents who converted to Islam. She has lived in Texas, Granada, New Mexico, Jordon, Cairo and Morocco, and now works from her studio in East London. From a young age her works where inspired by these experiences observing scenes of extraordinary natural beauty, diverse cultures and architectural wonders. Lateefa's work is of great significance today, she is well placed to view the clash of civilizations on the world stage, having spent her life observing the differences and similarities between her religion and her cultural roots, feeling first-hand the ache of non-identity. The struggle to find her place within an often-contradictory environment triggered her interest in our true nature, stripped of culture and of individuality. Lateefa's current works employ primordial imagery in its barest of forms.
Amina Malik, 25, born and raised in London with Pakistani and Indian origin, began to first consider taking steps into the world of art on a serious level in 2006 after taking encouragement and support from her family, and has since taken part in various exhibitions held in London.
Inspired by a message of Peace and drawn by the beauty of Arabic; the freedom of expression in creativity; humans natural inclination towards compassion and the common desire and quest for a place of peace - not just the worldly kind, but the internal kind. Her paintings are connected to that place of felicity - an expression of conviction; a mirror of reflection; a part of sanity's equilibrium.
“I hope that by sharing my paintings it can help to encourage a positive thought; help to stir or awaken a feeling of something somewhere inside, be it the heart or the mind, but hopefully the soul”
Adam Williamson is a successful practicing artist having undertaken numerous prestigious commissions; he works as a Painter, Sculptor, Stone carver and Woodworker. He works from his workshop/studio in Hackney, London.
Adam worked and studied under skilled masters of art and craft around the globe. He acquired much of my tuition and experience by studying or working under masters from Turkey, Jordan and Pakistan. In 2006 he was the subject of a documentary when he traveled to Malaysia and Indonesia to investigating traditional design and woodcarving in that area.
Sue Palmer, a former primary headteacher, is an independent writer and consultant on primary education, notably literacy. She has written over 200 books, TV programmes and software packages for children and teachers, and acted as an independent consultant to the DfES, National Literacy Trust, Basic Skills Agency, numerous educational publishers and the BBC.
Sue's best-selling book Toxic Childhood: how modern life is damaging our children… and what we can do about it [Orion 2006] was her first for a more general audience, and helped spark a national debate about the nature of contemporary childhood. It was followed by a ‘self-help' book for parents, Detoxing Childhood, and 21st Century Boys: how modern life can drive them off the rails, and how we can get them back on track, published in May 2009. She is regularly consulted by action groups and politicians, has spoken at conferences around the world, and was named among the top twenty most influential people in British education in the Evening Standard's 2008 Influentials list.
Muiz Anwar was born, raised and educated in the industrial city of Manchester, where he currently works on various international, commercial and charitable projects through his own studio. His work is generally classified as graphic design, but is informed by his experience and skills in a variety of creative disciplines; illustration, art direction, advertising, photography, calligraphy, typography, product design, fine art and fashion. Islam provided a pivotal platform for Muiz to develop his working ethos and aesthetic.
Since graduating he has been exploring the potential to organically evolve and contemporise the Arabic language typographically, working with two of the world's leading typographic estates, Dalton Maag in London and the infamous FontShop in Berlin.
Australian designer Peter Gould explores contemporary graphic design, digital art, photography and the rich visual & spiritual traditions of Islam.
Ruh al-Alam, born and raised in London, is more commonly known by his art project 'Visual Dhikr'. After graduating from the acclaimed Central Saint Martin's, in graphic design and illustration, he moved to Egypt to practice traditional Islamic/Arabic calligraphy.
Iythar is an Egyptian-born British fine artist born into a family of artists and poets. Iythar likes to explore surrealist, abstract and conceptual painting approaches, also some of her most popular works have been her intricate calligraphy pieces where she employs her own stylistic scripts.
Unaiza Karim was born and raised in London, of Pakistani origin. As an artist and educator she specialised in the Art of Illumination from the Islamic Tradition. In 2004 She graduated from the Masters Degree programme in Visual Islamic and Traditional Art at The Prince's School of Traditional Art, London. Her written and visual work has been published and exhibited in the UK and abroad. She has recently authored an online teaching and learning resource for the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her passion for art and education are bought together in an ongoing programme of workshops being delivered both locally, nationally and abroad. Unaiza currently resides in West London with her husband and two year old daughter.
Mosaic work has been undertaken since 2004 with emphasis on typography, Arabic calligraphy and exploring geometric designs. In March 2010 LoveMosaics was created and launched. Previous work included external mosaics and community engagement projects, working in educational settings and public spaces. LoveMosaics showcases work in a variety of exhibition spaces and galleries. Future aspirations are to do mosaics on a grand scale that are inspiring and transforming for all. Love Mosaics is also in the process of creating a dynamic ‘dream team' and locating ourselves in the heart of East London. For commissions, please contact LoveMosaics; 07951968114.
Mustafa was born and raised in the Bay Area in Northern California. After attending college where he studied English and Photojournalism, he traversed overseas in search of ecstatic truth in art and independent stories to tell. With his camera and a notepad he set out to find those obscure stories that he felt needed a voice. After nearly seven years of travel through Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, he ended up in Yemen where he met acclaimed German documentary filmmaker Stefan Tolz who was shooting his film “Adobe Towns – Shibam, Manhattan of the Desert.” Stefan took a liking to him and trained him in the art of documentary filmmaking.
Amir Sulaiman is an accomplished poet, activist, recording artist and a 2 time HBO Def Poet. Host and performer for national Breed Love Odyssey Tour with Mos Def and Talib Kweli and special guest on KRS-ONES Hip Hop Lives Tour there is a steady but ever increasing buzz building around Amir quickly gaining the attention of everyone from Kanye West and Russell Simmons (who referred to Amir as “blessed”), to Dave Chapelle. In addition, organizations such as the ACLU, Amnesty International and Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition have used Amir's poetry and voice to bring life to multiple campaigns dealing with social justice and art.
His growing popularity garnered him a record deal with UPRISING Records, the label that delivered the hugely successful multi-platinum band, Fall Out Boy. His national debut album, Like a Thief in the Night, has been released nation wide to critical acclaim. The album fuses disparate genres with impassioned narratives of tragedy, redemption, and revolution. Boasting guest appearances from Mos Def, Goapele, and The Last Poets, “Like A Thief in The Night” has created a soundscape that could easily serve as the score for a classic Martin Scorcese film. In a nutshell, this ground-breaking album signals a desired change bringing about a level of consciousness sorely needed in today's music industry and society in general.
Amir has been performing at countless colleges, universities, high schools and community centers. As a member of Youth Speaks in the Bay Area California, Amir works regularly teaching kids by way of spoken word and focusing on the union of art and education.
Quadir was home schooled for the majority of his educational career. Born November 22, 1981 in Houston, Texas, Quadir Ibn Lateef Habeeb was always destined to make a name for himself. Affectionately known as 'Q" by close friends and family, Quadir was raised a devout Muslim, and his Imam (spiritual counselor/mentor) Fajri Ansari, a two-time class B and C basketball championship-winning coach, recognized Q's raw sports talent, and continued to develop his athleticism at Turner Carroll High School (Buffalo, NY) during his junior year of high school.
He published his first spoken word CD entitled 'Words of Awakening," which included a fiery political base of commentary. 2003 surely proved to be a pivotal year for Q: he performed for Russell Simmons at the Annual Black Face Awards, leading to his performance for the Jam Master Jay Commemoration where Russell and Danny Simmons personally requested for Q's audition for HBO's Def Poetry Jam, springing him into a national spoken word spotlight. After performing before Dr. Ben Chavis Muhammad, Q was invited to perform at the Pre Tony Award show for the Def Poetry cast.
He has already recorded new records with Brother Ali, Amir Sulaiman, Khalil Ismail, The Reminders, Mustafa Abdul Basit, his Older Brother Alkebulaun, and his wife Drea D'Nur. If that isn't enough, just be on the lookout for DEEN & DREAM, and a joint project with hit producer SAMI MATAR IA. 2013 is all about achievement for Quadir Lateef.
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