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Anatsui, El
Burroughs, William S
Cohen, Ira
Fathi, Golnaz
Foley, Fiona
Friedlander, Paul
Gavan, Gandalf
Glover, Ablade
Gutsa, Tapfuma
Gysin, Brion
Hazoumè, Romuald


Jegede, E. Taiwo
Kora´chi, Rachid
Lalouschek, Elisabeth
Massoudy, Hassan
Lamothe, Frantz
Okore, Nnenna
Quenum, Gérard
Rimondi, Francesco
Sah, Govinda 'Azad'
Shawa, Laila
Sinzogan, Julien
Wilde, Gerald
Williams, Aubrey
Xu, Huang
Xu, Zhongmin
Yoshida, Kenji
Zulu, Sandile


( UK/Pakistan)

Tajammul was born in the 1950’s in Lahore, Pakistan and later moved to London, where he has lived for the past four decades. He is largely self-taught and in 1999, following a solo exhibition, Quranic Paintings, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, he gave up  his career as a chartered certified accountant in order to become a full-time artist.

Tajammul’s work gives visual expression to the Verses of the Holy Quran, revealing the mystical meaning of its Verses. Historically, the Quran has almost never been illustrated with pictures.  The artist uses patterns and designs rooted in the language of Quranic illumination and particular choices of colour as a background to the ancient Sacred scripts used for inscribing the Quran.  These scripts are Kufic, Thuluth and Muhaqqaq.  The usage of these scripts and the rich backgrounds assist in making the painting wholly accessible to the viewer.

For Tajammul, calligraphy and its illumination as a sacred art is dependent on mysticism and colour symbolism. The symbolic quality of the colours and designs clarify the meaning of each text and re-affirm and illustrate the depths of the Quranic Verses.

Examples of his work are to be found in the collections of the Ashmolean Museum, the Glasgow group of Museums, the British Museum in London, the State Collection of Tunisia and the National Library in Lahore, Pakistan. Tajammul teaches at post- graduate level at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts.

Tajammul Hussain: 32 Baroque Ways of Saying No (Kufic scripts)
32 Baroque Ways of Saying No (Kufic scripts)

Tajammul Hussain: Thank God in Red
Thank God (in Red)
Tajammul Hussain: The Immaculate Conception
The Immaculate Conception 
Tajammul Hussain: Ikhlas - Sincerity
Ikhlas - Sincerity

Tajammul Hussain: Knowledge is Light
Knowledge is Light
Tajammul Hussain: La!
Tajammul Hussain: Muhammad and the Four Khalifas
Muhammad and the Four Khalifas
Tajammul Hussain: Nearness

Tajammul Hussain: Surah Hashr
Surah Hashr
Tajammul Hussain: The Three Alifs (The Three A’s)
The Three Alifs (The Three A’s)


Selected solo exhibitions
1999    Quranic Paintings, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
1999    Quranic Paintings, City of Glasgow, Scotland (at the request of the Glasgow city the Ashmolean exhibition of May travelled to Glasgow).
2000    Paintings from the Quran, St Antony's University, Oxford.
2000   Jesus in the Quran, Muslim Prayer space, Millenium Dome, London.
2001   The Art of Calligraphy, Muscat, Oman.
2004    The Art of the Quran Through the Ages, The Hosain's Gallery, London.
2006    Khat, Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
2007    The Sacred art of the Quran, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
2010   Illuminating the Word - Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Selected group exhibitions
2002   Master Strokes: Contemporary Arabic Calligraphy, October Gallery, London.
2003    The Best of British Islam, Arum Gallery
2003   The opening exhibition of Royatt Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan.
2004   Lahori Artists, Crow Eaters, Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan.
2008   Bisat al Reeh, Jeddah, KSA
    Art Dubai, UAE (October Gallery)
2009   Transvangarde, October Gallery, London.
2011   Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia



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