Islamic Calligraphy Artist Faraz Khan Joins Christian, Jewish and Muslim Artists in Sacred Voices Exhibition in Canton, Ohio
Canton, Ohio, December 5th, 2013 – Faraz Khan, a visual artist from Princeton New Jersey, specializing in Islamic art, joins other contemporary artists of faith in the Sacred Voices art exhibition at the Canto3n Museum of Art in Canton, Ohio from December 5th, 2013 to March 2nd, 2014 .
The Scared Voices exhibit features contemporary artwork inspired by Christian, Jewish or Muslim faith. Over thirty artists from across the United States in addition to artists from Australia, Austria, Canada, and the United Kingdom will be exhibiting.
Faraz Khan’s artistic contribution is a three-piece canvas across which the words Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim are rendered in Arabic. The English translation of the words is: In the Name of God, Beneficent, Merciful. The phrase highlights the basic understanding of God as Beneficent and Merciful. Each chapter of the Holy Quran begins with this phrase except one. The verse is repeated 114 times in the Holy Quran to remind the believers that their Lord is Beneficent and Merciful. It should be noted that Arabic is read from right to left, an in Faraz’s artwork, the first word “In the name” spans all three canvases.
bismillah Sacred Voices - Canton“I am honored to be part of an artistic event that brings together talented artists of different faiths from across the world.” The Sacred Voices exhibit features a diverse selection of media — including calligraphy, wood and metal, digital media, watercolor, photography, oil, block prints, plaster, mixed media, mineral pigments and gold, acrylic, gouache and Japanese stone ink, jewelry, ceramics, and video installation. Alongside the art exhibit, the Canton Museum of Art, will feature collaborative events from regional churches, synagogues, musical and choral groups. The opening reception of the exhibit will be on December 5th, 2013, from 6-8pm. For more information on the exhibit, visit the exhibit page at http://www.cantonart.org/sacredvoices. To see Faraz Khan’s other work, visit his website at http://www.farazkhanartstudio.com/.
About Faraz Khan
canton museum logoFaraz Khan is an artist and a teacher at the Arts Council of Princeton. His paintings explore contemporary themes in Islamic art and modern art. His technique embodies a collage of Arabic script and modern ideas, while utilizing ink and acrylics as his medium and vibrant nontraditional colors and calligraphy styles. Faraz has given many presentations on Arabic calligraphy and has displayed his work and taught seminars at New York University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Wesleyan University, Cotsen Children’s Library (Princeton University), Princeton University Art Museum, George Washington University, Fairfield University, and Rutgers University. In a recent art seminar at Princeton University, Faraz advised participants in a collaborative group project: a mural transliterating into Arabic calligraphy more than 200 names of the college’s buildings and famous students. His artwork was covered by the Huffington Post: “Warhol, Pollock … Khan? American Muslims in the Arts”. His work is available online http://www.FarazKhanArtStudio.com and http://faraz-khan.artistwebsites.com and www.Facebook.com/FarazKhanArtStudio
Photo Caption: Islamic Calligraphy piece by Faraz Khan to be featured in Sacred Voices art exhibition in Canton, Ohio.
For more information contact:
Faraz Khan - Email: FarazKhanArt [at] gmail.com
Reem El Shafaki