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Cal­lig­ra­phy artist by day, jet-ski­ing dad on the week­end: Meet Khalid Shahin.


I’m a good cook and my fam­ily and friends al­ways look for­ward to see­ing my new recipes and new cook­ing in­ven­tions. My margherita pizza is al­ways a big hit with my fam­ily. But it’s Ja­panese food that I’m a big fan of. My favourite dishes are yak­i­tori and mak­izushi.


I love in­fus­ing cal­lig­ra­phy into my work. Ara­bic cal­lig­ra­phy adds the miss­ing piece to an ab­stract work [so that] the viewer can re­ceive what’s on the can­vas in many dif­fer­ent ways, through a quick jour­ney in­side the Ara­bic let­ters – curves, shapes and dif­fer­ent forms.


I’m from Jor­dan and my de­ci­sion to move to Dubai was taken in 1999 for so many rea­sons – new chal­lenge, art com­mu­nity, po­ten­tial clients and that Dubai is a mod­ern city. I now live here with my small fam­ily. On week­ends, I love hang­ing out with my kids at The Dubai Mall, or go­ing for a desert sa­fari or jet ski with them.


If I had a time ma­chine, I’d go to Old Jerusalem be­cause it’s a city filled with his­tory, re­li­gions and cul­tural di­ver­sity. But for now, I’d like to travel to Colom­bia. Bogota, the cap­i­tal city of Columbia, is fa­mous for its graf­fiti and it marked a cre­ative new epoch for the city whose fly­overs, of­fice blocks and mu­nic­i­pal walls be­came can­vases for some of the world’s best-loved street artists. That trip will also give me the chance to have a close look at Fer­nando Botero’s art­work and sculp­tures.


My in­ter­est in art be­gan in the late eight­ies when I was in Kuwait and my late fa­ther en­cour­aged me to focus on art and de­sign as a pro­fes­sion for the fu­ture. He felt then that I’m gifted and I have the ba­sic tal­ent to be an artist. In 1986 I won a logo de­sign com­pe­ti­tion and that was the first spark.


I find my in­spi­ra­tion ev­ery­where – in na­ture, books, art web­sites, gal­leries. Artists and painters like Et­tore DeGrazia, Frank Brang­wyn, Fer­nando Botero and En­rique Grau have in­spired me.


In 2002 one of my works was ac­quired by Buenos Aires City Hall – they hung it at the main en­trance. I was very proud of that. My favourite cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tion was a project I did with fash­ion de­signer Zena Pres­ley. We worked on a project for Four Sea­sons ho­tel chain to cre­ate a unique piece of cus­tom-made cou­ture for guests that fea­tured my art­work.


Apart from paint­ing, I also some­times play with clays and ce­ram­ics. Ce­ramic art is amaz­ing: once you start you’ll never know when it ends or ends with what. The most phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing art­work I’ve cre­ated was a sculp­ture ded­i­cated to my late mother. It took me nine weeks or so to get it done.

Cal­lig­ra­phy, cook­ing and a trip to Bogota are what’s on this artist’s mind. That’s if he’s not busy cre­at­ing new art for his so­cial me­dia fans or jet ski­ing with his kids

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