GHALEB HAWILA - Beirut, Lebanon

Above - Ghaleb painting at Rise Festival, Croydon.

Above - Ghaleb painting at Rise Festival, Croydon.

Ghaleb Hawila, Contemporary Calligraphy Artist. Aged 26, he is approaching this timeless art with a new eye. His art comes from deep understanding of middle-eastern heritage, spiritual paths, and continuous search for origin, causes and effect. The search started in his college years in Beirut as a graphic designer graduate (2014) and through personal efforts which inspired him to study the classical calligraphy with acclaimed masters.

His art can be seen on canvases, murals, album covers as well as corporate brands, not to mention collaborations with other artists and musicians such as cultural exchange with European committees and associations.

His art is currently integrated with efforts to promote peace and awareness by NGO’s and agencies of concern, including Human Right’s Watch and International Alert.

Private collections and themed concepts are becoming a signature of his. One of his latest exhibitions was in Beirut Souks, June 2017, by Letitia Gallery, where his art pieces are currently exhibited He takes it upon himself to cross new frontiers with calligraphy. For instance, in the exhibition under the title “Inner Harmony and Outer Chaos”, calligraphy was used to portray some vital organs like the heart and brain.

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Single letter art-pieces take a whole new meaning in his work. They are based on what scholars and linguists have seen and said about that particular letter. His style is recognized now by his minimal compositions and usage of the white space, while some of his work can be categorized as quite experimental in shape, material and concept.

‘Mother Universe’ - collaboration mural by Cheba & Ghaleb in Stokes Croft, Bristol UK.

‘Mother Universe’ - collaboration mural by Cheba & Ghaleb in Stokes Croft, Bristol UK.

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One of many pieces painted on the streets of Lebanon by Ghaleb and Cheba.

One of many pieces painted on the streets of Lebanon by Ghaleb and Cheba.

Moreover, Ghaleb provides periodic workshops in Arabic calligraphy for designers, university students and interested general public. Some of these workshops are private and customized for particular participants. Among them, a workshop that was hosted at Dar el Nemir cultural center in Beirut for children between the ages of 8 to 12 for the purpose of cultural and heritage awareness.

See more of Ghaleb’s work on his instagram Ghaleb Hawila