Friday, June 26, 2009

28 Faces Of The Beloved Rings By Fareed Abdal

When you look at a Fareed Abdal composition it resonates at different levels. You enter a 2-D realm that redefines, and deconstructs simultaneously the letter forms we have come to recognize as familiar. Through his deep experiences with Martial Arts and several key masters, combined with his love for the form of letters since Fareed was a little boy, his design and architectural endeavors professionally and academically all combined to flow through the ink on his oriental brushes and onto the surfaces of paper.
In this vein, Fareed wanted to take the forms and create a new interpretation. By wrapping the actual letters around fingers in the shape of rings through a sculptural form. As he explains, through how the letters in Arabic are categorized and in his belief, the letters in themselves release and have specific power and energy fields. In a fresh and arresting manner, as you see the 28 Faces Of The Beloved, you would like to try and sample all the rings and see how they unfold each in it's own way and specific relation to the shape of the hand and fingers of the wearer. The limited edition series are available by order at our shop. Each ring, made here locally in Kuwait will come with a write up by the artist and beautifully boxed. Available in sterling silver and gold by special order. Please contact us at or for additional information.

The stunning photographs that highlight the rich subtlety of the collection was captured by local photographer Nawaf Alali.


ghadah alkandari said...

beautiful photographs, lubna. i've always loved fareed's rings, since the first time i saw them at the sultan gallery, and later at dar nur. they feel very fresh on your blog and the black background really does them justice. one day i'll own one of his rings.

lubna said...

Ghadah, the photos were taken by an associate of Fareed. Indeed, seeing them again in this context is refreshing. I wear the rings all the time and receive comments constantly. They have been in the shop for only a week, visitors tend to want to try all of them to feel how they look.