Soraya Syed

United Kingdom

Innovative Art of the Pen

The English classically-trained Islamic calligrapher and artist, uses classical Arabic calligraphy with new innovative technologies such as holography, placing a traditional art-form into contemporary incredible context. As the director of Art of the Pen, her artwork is that of a pioneering installation which explores how calligraphy can complement the world of dance through graphics and animations. Soraya Syed enjoys that constant tension between remaining true to her classical training while exploring further possibilities and finding new solutions to unusual commissions. Syed was the first Briton to have awarded the much sought-after or authoritative calligraphy license.