eL Seed is a French-Tunisian street artist whose works incorporate traditional Arabic calligraphy, a style he calls ‘calligraffiti.’ Incorporating elements of both the graffiti and Arabic calligraphic traditions, eL Seed is known for his unique style of calligraphy, which uses intricate composition to call not only on the words and their meaning, but also on their movement, to lure the viewer into a different state of mind.
79+ artists from across the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa have been featured on a span of 10 months, and this wouldn’t have been successful without your continuous support and appreciation; so thank you to all and may this new year bring you all the peacefulness, joy and success. Here is a list of all the artists that have been featured on this blog in 2013 in chronological order:
A general view shows a mural painted on the walls of houses in Zaraeeb, created by French-Tunisian artist El Seed, in the shanty area known also as Zabaleen or “Garbage City” on the Mokattam Hills in eastern Cairo, Egypt on April 4, 2016. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)
Tunisian-French artist known as eL Seed created an intricate mural
stretching across more than 50 buildings in a part of Cairo inhabited by
garbage collectors. The mural quotes a third-century Coptic bishop: “If one wants to see the light of the sun, he must wipe his eyes.” http://nyti.ms/1LXGDTw Photo: David Degner for The New York Times
French-Tunisian artist eL Seed said he wanted to created a piece of art that would bring life back to a maligned community. The finished message reads, “If one wants to see the light of the sun, he must wipe his eyes.”