From Palestine to London | The Graphic Art of Jamal Masarwa

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Jamal Masarwa is a Palestinian Graphic Artist who expresses his freedom through his artistic journey and the use of Arabic Calligraphy. 

His mission as an artist is “to inspire people around the world and give individuals an opportunity to grow inner courage and self-strength in a modern approach of accepting differences. This includes gender equality, sexuality, race.”

Jamal has a promising career ahead with no less than Mohamed Hadid having just bought Masarwa’s artwork representing his daughter, supermodel Gigi Hadid. 

How did you start doing your art?

I started my career in art back in 2012, and it was the year I launched my first art Exhibition called “Mask قناع”.  My first exhibition was inspired by the will to show the freedom in art, which is my happy place.
After the first exhibition, I decided to change the idea of creating Arabic calligraphy in traditional things, and I wanted to take the language through my art to the next level, to the fashion world and to the Western world, especially knowing that the arabic language became so important these past years in the fashion industry.

How long does it take you to do one art piece?

Between two artworks, it can take weeks or months as I am making sure to have all the material/concept and inspiration for my new art. Practically, to make the artwork, it takes about a couple days.

What has been one of your favorite piece so far?

The last collection represents an unknown character I have created from a mannequin, who wears high fashion and was inspired by brands. It has no gender but it exudes a strong message of empowerment.  My inspiration was so far taken from Chanel, Dolce Gabbana, Gucci, Alexander McQueen.

What message are you spreading with your art?

My message is that art is my free space to express my thoughts and dreams and everything inside me. It’s an area of ​​freedom where no one can tell me what’s right or what’s wrong; no one can put limits to my creative process.  Art is ​​freed of the considerations of right and wrong, and it allows me to glorify the Arabic language.