In­spi­ra­tion and re­spect

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The cal­ligraf­fi­tist says he was in­spired by sev­eral role mod­els. “French graf­fiti artist Hest is my first men­tor, and an artist I highly re­spect,” says eL Seed.

“He has a unique style and al­though he doesn’t use the Ara­bic script in his works, his let­ters are Arabesque.’’

eL Seed got to work with Hest while in North Amer­ica ex­plor­ing the world of graf­fiti and art. “It was only nat­u­ral that his years of ex­pe­ri­ence rubbed off on my less-ma­ture style.

“I am also in­flu­enced by some of my friends and fel­low artists such as [Iraqi artist] Sun­dus Ab­dul Hadi. I have a lot of re­spect for the hon­esty in her work,’’ he says.

eL Seed also par­tic­i­pated in a pro­ject or­gan­ised by the French In­sti­tute Al­liance Française, a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion based in New York, where he and Tu­nisian graf­fiti artist Jaye cre­ated works of art as part ofWorld No­mads Tu­nisia pro­ject in May this year. They wrote mes­sages of tol­er­ance and peace on walls in Man­hat­tan.

His work is gain­ing him plenty of at­ten­tion, which isn’t usual for graf­fiti artists, but eL Seed says he’s happy his art is be­ing no­ticed.

“Or­gan­i­sa­tions and schools in­vite me to do work­shops or paint mu­rals. Other times, when I do my own in­de­pen­dent projects, I get fund­ing from foun­da­tions such as The Kin­dle Pro­ject or the Bar­jeel Art Foun­da­tion,’’ he says.

“My dream is to take my art to the high­est lev­els – both lit­er­ally and metaphor­i­cally.’’

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