Lulwah Al Homoud

b. 1967 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Lulwah Al Homoud lives and works between the United Arab Emirates andLondon, UK.

 

 

Known for her minimalist, abstract, artworks that draw together elements of language, spirituality, and traditional Islamic art, Al Homoud uses calligraphy and mathematical processes to create a new visual language.

 

Al Homoud studied sociology at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia before completing an MA in Communication Design with a focus on Islamic Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK. 

 

Fascinated by the geometric intricacies of calligraphy, she trained under renowned Pakistani calligrapher Rasheed Butt. Calligraphy is central to Al Homoud’s work, which explores the complexities of linguistic, mathematical and visual systems of communication. Her artistic practice deconstructs Arabic script and applies ancient mathematical principles to devise unique systems of expression, revealed through the elaborate geometric patterns that have become a hallmark of her work. This process reflects Al Homoud’s preoccupation with the relationship between creator and creation, as well as the multifarious ways in which God communicates with man.

 

Al Homoud is an influential figure in Saudi Arabia, designing the logo and 118 calligraphic wall panels for the Saudi Arabian pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai, China in 2010. Her work is in collections in international museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the US, Museum Five Continents in Germany and Jeju Museum in South Korea.

 

Her solo exhibitions include Tabari Artspace, Dubai, UAE (2018);  The Dot, Sharjah Art Museum, UAE (2016); Sublime, Naila Art Gallery, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2016); Islamic Art Festival, Sharjah Art Museum, UAE (2015); Perpetual Codes, Sharjah Calligraphy Museum (2015); 9x9, Art Space Gallery, Dubai (2014); Ontology, Al Riwaq Art Space, Bahrain (2013).