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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 35 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.

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'La mesure d'aimer c'est d'aimer sans mesure' St Augustin - 2006 - Water-based Pigments on Paper
'La mesure d'aimer c'est d'aimer sans mesure'
St Augustin
, 2006.
Water-based Pigments on Paper


'Mon coeur a des yeux qui pour toi seul ont des regards et tout entier il est entre tes mains' Al Hallaj Vs - 2003 - Water-based Pigments on Paper

'Mon coeur a des yeux qui pour toi seul ont des regards et tout entier il est entre tes mains' Al Hallaj Vs, 2003. -
Water-based Pigments on Paper

HASSAN MASSOUDY
Modern Arabic Calligraphy

1 November to 24 November 2007

Hassan Massoudy is an artist for whom the word itself remains the most sublime creative force.  He speaks of this work as a ”a field of energy subjected to the rhythm that I impose on the movement of the letters…these dream images…unfold as the leaves unfurl when the seed becomes a tree…a group of dancers obeying the choreographer ‘s command”1.


After having undertaken a rigorous apprenticeship with master calligraphers in Iraq as a child, Massoudy moved to Paris in 1969, where he studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

His work features the texts of a divers range of writers, from poet Charles Baudelaire and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Virgil and Ibn ‘Arabi.  A sense of balance prevails in his work, whether between erudite discipline and artistic experimentation, or as played out through his understanding of “the line as a dynamic force…[which] must reflect two things:  on the one hand strength and vigour, on the other abandon and grace”.2

Massoudy, Hassan (2004) Calligraphies d’amour, Paris:  Albin Michel. Reproduced at http://perso.orange.fr/hassan.massoudy/english.ht

1 Massoudy, Hassan (December 1990) The UNESCO Courier.

2Massoudy, Hassan (2004) Calligraphies d'amour Paris: Albin Michel.

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