Sedaghat Jabbari

Sedaghat Jabbari was born in 1961 in Iran. He is widely recognized for his calligraphic works, which are representative of both traditional and modern painting techniques. Jabbari uses the rough siahmasq style, distinguished by the unrestrained application of paint and free use of space; thus, reminiscent of Abstract Expressionism. By working with such a technique, the artist is guided by colour rather than the textual content of his paintings. Yet, Jabbari’s work is highly religious, as he often praises the Allah by repeating and layering His name on the canvases. In fact, the artist is celebrated to have brought calligraphic painting to a high visual level mixing both tradition and abstraction. Jabbari has been bestowed with the first place award at the fourth International Calligraphy Competition of the Islamic World in Istanbul and second place at the second International Painting Biennial of the Islamic World in Tehran. In 2006, due to his religious works, Jabbari was granted the special prize at the 12th Shilpakala Biennial in Dhaka, Bangladesh.