Blogs by Asad
I had never thought that I would be painting Islamic art in my life. I was the one who would smile at a beautiful painting and say , “Masha Allah.” I worked a regular job and my life consisted of going to work and going home. One day it all changed.
I was in a car accident, which changed the course of my life. Was injured and could no longer work. Been in a lot of pain and went through a rough time. With my pain it was hard to do daily activities and became stressed and depressed. I stayed in all the time. this I started. In order to overcome this I began to paint. I did this for about two years. My first few paintings were loved by my friends, who encouraged me to keep painting. I kept painting and found that it also made me feel better and made the people around me feel better.
After a while I started to paint different Surahs from the Quran. It took a lot of practice and time, but I did not give up. It just gave me the strength. Eventually, I started to sell my paintings through social media. My customers were pleased with their new art and impressed by my talent and skills. They suggested that I paint an even larger variety of passages.
Recently, I painted the heart of Quran, “Surah Yasin.” This is the Surah that I read every morning. My morning starts with this Surah. I have also hand painted Surah Rahman.
I am very thankful to my friends in Toronto who have encouraged and supported me. Thank you.
Kind and colourful regards,
Arts & Paintings
Over the years I have always heard that art is a hobby of rich people. It is said that art is very expensive & only rich people can buy it. Not everyone will buy it. I totally disagree with that. As a calligraphy artist, I am in the market to prove this wrong. My art is for everyone. I am here to make sure that everyone who enjoys my art can take my artwork home too.
Compared to other artists in the field, I create art that is affordable without breaking the bank. Islamic calligraphy is a blessed skilled very few have, which is why calligraphy art is extremely expensive. Artists price their art according to their personal feel. I price my items with my customer’s price limit in mind.
Beautiful colours make us feel good. They play a very important role in our lives. A world without colour would be a dull and boring place. Colours bring life and energy into every painting I paint. Islam itself a very beautiful religion and I am trying to spread its beauty through colours. We buy Islamic calligraphy once or twice in our lifetime, it is not every day.
When I create artwork, I make sure every art piece is unique and created with utmost effort.
Although most of my calligraphy is done in black paint, I can change the colour to the preference of my customers. Lately, I have added colorful writing to many of my paintings as it adds to the home décor. The reason I do calligraphy in black is to follow how it has been written in the Quran.
For some of my customers it can be really tricky to decide what colours and textures fits their living area. For customers who need help deciding, I often assist them with the colour scheme. With my experience with colours and blending techniques, a majority of my customers are satisfied with my colour selection.
I want to explain my customers that how I price my items. It was back in 2006 where I remember that I was visiting a function with my friends and I happen to come across a booth that was selling Islamic art. There was an art piece I really liked and I just had to have it. It was a small size canvas.
I asked the artist about the price and he said it is for $120. Kindly requested him to lower the price but he wouldn’t budge. Left and did not buy it. Came back the second day and requested him to lower the price but he still said no. I had no other option but to buy it and accept the price as is.
All my paintings are originals and created using high quality paints. I use high quality paints so my paintings can last long. Painting itself is a long and strenuous exercise. Some paintings take months to complete while others can take less than a day. I want my paintings to be perfect in everyway and to do so it requires time. Painting for me is like Sadqa-tul-jariya. For every islamic calligraphy I create, I hope people who view and contemplate the meaning behind the Quranic verses learn and pass that knowledge to others.
When I price:
When I price paintings, I look at the different items I used to create the paintings and the time it took for me to complete the painting itself. Some paintings, like my Surah Rahman painting, takes four days to complete. Sometimes I’m inspired to work throughout the night and other times it can be hard to stay inspired. I do my best for all my customers.
Recently I attended the ISNA Convention in America where I met an art dealer. He was asking me about the prices of my artwork. The brother said, “why would you sell your art for $ 140? I’m selling the same sized canvas for $400.” I replied, “Brother, I want everyone to buy my art. I do not want people to feel that they cannot afford it.
I do my best to accommodate everyone.” Now for the cherry blossom Kalma, I priced it for $140-$160. It takes less times to create compared to others. Whereas the 99 Names of Allah for the same canvas size is priced at $220 because it takes one day to make 25 boxes, 4 days to make 100 separate boxes, and 2 days for writing & error checking. It’s a long patient wait but I always look forward to the results!
In the end I would say that anyone who comes over to the gallery and believes my paintings are overpriced should let me know. I always try my best to accommodate my customer’s price range and desired colour scheme. I do not want anyone to go home empty-handed.