Saturday, December 04, 2004
When combined, the stunning simplicity of Chinese calligraphy softens the artistic deliberateness of Arabic calligraphy, while the Arabic informs the Chinese counterpart with its increased structurality. In the end, the result is calligraphy that blends the two greatest calligraphy traditions in an artistic piece that is a work of incredibly unique beauty, and a testimony to man's synthesizing genius. Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang jiang is such a calligrapher; trained by the finest schools and teachers that either tradition has to offer in both the ancient arts of Chinese and Arabic calligraphy, he brings immense learning in traditional thought and art to a modern audience and juxtaposes them in a calligraphic style all his own, both Eastern and Western. He is perhaps our new Renaissance man; versed in the classics, spanning cultures and times, outstanding in his field, and an embodiment of the pluralism our nation represents.