Majid Alyousef

Lives and Works:
Dubai
Discipline:
Workshop Leader

Majid Alyousef is an award-winning art and design veteran with a long experience in Arabic calligraphy and typography. His work has been featured in various galleries and institutions around the globe. Beside his interest and mastery of classical calligraphy, he also explores various methods to develop modern and abstract presentation of calligraphy, hence, later on, he co-founded Calligraforms, a radical new movement that re-imagines calligraphy, offering abstract perspectives that draw upon the language of aesthetics, beauty, form, and balance.

He has been practicing Arabic calligraphy for decades and acquired mastery in the challenging thuluth script. His work can be identified by a unique marriage of intricate craftsmanship and experimental composition that frequently blurs the lines between Islamic art and Abstraction, Cubism and the stylized Arabic alphabet.

Abstract art has significantly influenced Alyousef’s practice, and it is possible to pick out the blocks of colours and rational architectural simplicity of modern art and design movements within both his works on paper and typography designs.

Following a successful career serving as Design Director to a number of leading firms, Alyousef left the corporate world in order to dedicate himself to a full time studio practice supplemented by Arabic typography and freelance design work.

Majid Alyousef’s artistic career is a prolific one, some of the projects he worked on including the wall art installation for the Room of the Emirates at the UN building in Geneva, The Horse Museum in Saudi Arabia, and the Year of Zayed limited edition luxury wristwatch. And exhibitions including the Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival 2011 and Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial 2012 and 2014, during which he exhibited a triptych artwork that presented his distinctive style in its early stage. The Noor Dubai Foundation Christie’s auctions in both 2014 and 2015, Kuwait Islamic Arts Festival 2016, Madina Calligraphy Exhibition 2018, Misk Art 2018 in Saudi Arabia, and a number of exhibitions curated by Tashkeel, the Dubai Centre of Arabic Calligraphy and other private galleries.

His work featured in collections including H.H The Ruler of Dubai, H.H The Ruler of Sharjah, The Saudi Royal Family, The Hashemite Royal Family, The Dubai Government, as well as some large local and regional corporations.

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