||Dr. Ahmed Moustafa
Born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1943, Dr. Ahmed Moustafa is an artist and scholar of international repute and a leading authority on Arabic art and design. Initially trained as a figurative artist in the neoclassical European tradition, and drawing his inspiration primarily from Renaissance masters, he subsequently rediscovered his Islamic roots, and his work is now almost exclusively devoted to abstract compositions inspired by texts from the Holy Qur'an. He has created an astonishingly rich visual vocabulary through an innovative fusion of his skills as a painter and as a master scribe in the tradition of Islamic penmanship.
Dr. Moustafa has lived and worked in London since 1974 and directs the Fe-Noon Ahmed Moustafa Research Centre for Arab Art and Design, which he established in 1983. He has taught and lectured in many parts of the world, and is currently a visiting professor at the Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, London, the University of Westminster, London, and the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Alexandria, Egypt.
Exhibitions of his versatile output, encompassing paintings, tapestries, silk-screen prints, and stained glass, have been held in numerous major locations worldwide.
In 1997, in recognition of his international renown in the field of
Islamic art, and his special position as a British Muslim artist based
for so many years in England, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presented
a specially commissioned composition by Ahmed Moustafa entitled Where
The Two Oceans Meet as a gift to the Nation of Pakistan to mark
the occasion of Pakistan's fiftieth anniversary.
In 1974, he was awarded a scholarship to pursue advanced studies in printmaking at the Central School of Art and Design in London, where he obtained his M.A. degree with Distinction in 1978, and where he lectured in Arabic calligraphy from 1980 to 1982, as well as being a tutor-assessor for post-graduate studies in Arabic type design.
In 1989, after eleven years of painstaking research, he was awarded a Ph.D. degree by the Council for National Academic Awards for his work on the Scientific Foundation of Arabic Lettershapes undertaken at the Central School of Art and Design, in collaboration with the British Museum.
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