Hassan Massoudy's calligraphies enact a rhythm, a musical structure which echoes back to the very remotest times. Powerful emotions are evoked by the movement of his lines, their weight, their lightness, their transparency; the balance between black and white, the fullness and the vacuum, the concreteness and the abstractness... The artist has retained from his training the noble spirit of an artisan able to make his own tools and to fix his own inks and pigments...
Hassan Massoudy's creations came out from the meeting of the past with the present, the Eastern art with the Western art, from tradition with modernity. He has been perpetuating the tradition of calligraphy craft at the same time as breaking it, he simplifies lines, tending to purer lines, adding colours opening on to a wider unlimited world.
Hassan Massoudy began his apprenticeship in traditional calligraphy as a child in his native Iraq. He completed his studies in Baghdad in the mid 60s and expatriated to France, where he has lived since. The late 60s were a great time for a calligrapher to be in Paris, with many confluent and divergent movements going on in all the arts. The Islamic tradition of calligraphy has always drawn on diverse sources, and Massoudy was partially prepared by his basic training for what he found in France.
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