Lulwah Al Homoud Saudi Arabian, 1967

B. 1967

 

Known for her minimalist, abstract, artworks that draw together elements of language, spirituality, and traditional Islamic art, visual artist Lulwah Al Homoud uses calligraphy and mathematical processes to form her own visual language.
Calligraphy is central to Al Homoud’s work, which explores the complexities of linguistic, mathematical and visual systems of communication. Her artistic practice is inspired by Islamic art and geometry, as well as Western artists like Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Mondrian. Al Homoud 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 the artist'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 KSA. Her work is currently illustrated and taught as part of the GCSE (year 9) of the Saudi Curriculum. Al-Homoud represented Saudi Arabia at the exhibition titled, Artificial Intelligence and Intercultural Dialogue", at the Hermitage Museum in Russia 2019 and in London design Biennal in 2018. Her work was exhibited and acquired by international museums, namely: the British Museum, LACMA ( Los Angles Country Museum of Art), Jeju Museum of modern and in Korea, Five Continent Museum in Munich, Germany and The Green Box Museum in Holland. Her work has been exhibited by institutes internationally including: Russia, China, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Al Homoud has designed many logos including The Saudi Arabian Pavilion Logo and 118 calligraphic wall panels in the Saudi Pavilion, World Expo, Shanghai 2010. Al Homoud worked with the British Museum in 2007 to introduce Arabic/Islamic art and design to British GCC students. She has also acted as a curator of international exhibitions since 1999 including: Master Strokes, London 2003 at October Gallery and Nabbatt: a sense of being, Duolun Museum, Shanghai 2010. She works with major museums in the region as an art consultant and is currently a member of board directors of the Art and Design Association in Saudi Arabia.

 

EDUCATION
1999 – 2000 MA Communication Design (Subject, Islamic Art) Central St Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London.
1994 – 1997 BA (Honors) (Cum Laude) Visual Communication Design (Graphic Design)
American College, LondonWorked with British Museum 2007 on an education of Arab/Islamic art education project.
Was invited to participate in the celebration of 300 in years 2012 by Meissen Porcelain, Germany.
Designer of many logos including The Saudi Arabian pavilion Logo and designer of 118 calligraphic wall panels inside The Saudi Pavilion, World Expo, Shanghai 2010

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2020, Space Within Light, Dar Al Funoo, Kuwait
2018, Being and Existence, London Design Beinnial, Somerset House, London
2018, Beyond The Grid, Tabari ArtSpace, Dubai, UAE
2016, The Dot, Sharjah Art Museum, Calligraphy Biennial, Sharjah, UAE
2016, Sublime, a collection of 8 years, Naila Art Gallery, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2015, Islamic Art Festival, Sharjah Art Museum, UAE
2015, Perpetual Codes, a collection of 7 years, Solo Exhibition, Sharjah Calligraphy Museum
2014, 9x9, Exploring Art and science, Tabari ArtSpace Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2013, Ontology, An expression of Geometry, Mathematics and Existence, Al Riwaq Art Space, Bahrain

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019, Mnwr, Hafez gallery, Kuwait

2019, AI & Intercultural Art, King Fahad Cultural Center,Saudi Arabia,Riyadh

2019, AI & Intercultural Art, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2019, Art Dubai, UAE
2018, Alburdah Festival, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2018, Misk Culture Expo, Paris

2018, Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial, Sharjah, UAE

2017, Wave Walk: Outdoor group sculptures, a project by La Mer, New York, USA

2016, Islamic Art Now 2: Contemporary Art of The Middle East,
Los Anglos County Museum, USA

2016, Perspective; Uncovered, Art Curial, Paris, France, also curator of exhibition

2016, Perspective; Uncovered, Majestic Hotel, Cannes, France, also curator of exhibition

2015, 3rd edition of Doha Symposium for GCC artists, Katara Cultural Village, Doha

2015, There are many walls but not enough bridges, Iranian and Arab Art Show at Kunst

(Zeug) Haus Museum, Rapperswil, Switzerland

2015, Trinity, Exhibition of three artists, Kelly Athanasiadou, Apostolis Zolotakis and Lulwah Al Homoud at THE WTC Art Gallery, Rotterdam, Holland

2015, The Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition, Dubai, UAE

2014, Collaborative exhibition by Gabriela Von Habsburg & Lulwah Al Homoud, Luzern, Switzerland

2012, Written Images, Contemporary Calligraphy from The Middle East, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

2011, Written Images, Contemporary Calligraphy from The Middle East, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA

2011, Arab & Iranian Art, Sotheby’s auction exhibition (sold), London, UK

2011, Nabatt: a sense of being Exhibition, Guest of honor at MENASART Fair, Beirut, Lebanon
also Curator of the exhibition

2011, Discipline of the Soul – A collaborative art exhibition by Lulwah Al Homoud & Hala Al Khalifa. Fiumano Fine Art Gallery, London

2011, The Art of Writing – Bilder werden geschrieben, an exhibition by The Written Art Foundation at the Art Forum of the Kurhaus Kolonnaden, Wiesbaden, Germany 

2010, Nabatt: a sense of being Exhibition, Duolun Museum, Shanghai, China. Curator of the exhibition

2010, La Premier Grande Exposition D’art Contemporain Saudien A Paris, Musee Du Montparnasse, Paris

2010, Hurouf, The Art of The Word, Sotheby’s auction exhibition (sold), Doha, Qatar

2009, SU:MBISORI, Jeju Museum of Art, Jeju Special Self-Governing Provence, Korea

2009, Art Dubai, UAE

2009, Christie’s auction exhibition (sold), Dubai

2009, Balla Drama, Paradise Row Gallery, London

2009, Bonham’s auction exhibition (sold), Dubai

2008, Edge of Arabia Exhibition, Brunei Gallery, London University-Co-curator of the exhibition.

2008, King Abdullah University, Saudi Arabia

2008 & 2011 & 2015, nominee for the V&A Museum Jameel prize, London

2000, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
LACMA, (Los Angeles County Museum), USA

Five Continents Museum (Museum Fünf Kontinente), Munich, Germany

The Written Art Foundation, Germany

Greenbox Museum, Amsterdam

Jeju Museum of Art, Korea

Jameel ALJ Company, Saudi Arabia

Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE

Ministry of Culture, Qatar

King Abdulaziz Center, Aramco, Al Khobar

Abdullah AlSalem AlSabah Center, Kuwait.

LANDMARKS
Jeddah new International airport, Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah Foundation, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

KAPSARC, King Abdullah Petroleum Research Center, Riyadh

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2014, Contemporary Kingdom, the Saudi Art Scene

2014, Tariqah, A publication by Barjeel Art Foundation

2014, Saudi Artists 2014, A book on creativity from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Aramco

2011, The Art of Writing, The Written Art Foundation, Germany

2010, NABATT: a sense of being, contemporary art exhibition from Saudi Arabia

2008, Edge of Arabia, Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia

The Written Stuff, Art & Design students’ stories from a writing workshop

Christie’s Catalogue, Bonham’s Catalogue and Sotheby’s Catalogue

 

SELECTED PRESS

2021, Vogue, Award-Winning Saudi Artist Lulwah Al Homoud Shares Why Art is a Mechanism for Change

2018, Harper's Bazaar, A Look At The Meditative Works Of Saudi Artist Lulwah Al Homoud

2018, Elephant, Lulwah Al Homoud's Paint Roller