T H E
K I T A B
S E R I E S
An Encounter with the Arts of the Islamic World
Artist Mariam Rajput;
The Kitab Series - A Solo Exhibition
143 East State St
Trenton, NJ 08608
July 5th - August 3rd
Opening Reception; July 5th 2019
Live Calligraphy Demonstration and Artist Talk; July 13th 2019
BSB Gallery is pleased to present the Solo Exhibition of award-winning artist and Arabic Calligraphist, Mariam Rajput.
Rajput’s inspiration is derived from Islamic Texts and Persian poetry to convey a message of understanding and cultural inclusiveness. Her artwork will feature inspirations from celebrated poets such as Rumi and Khalil Gibran, hand painted in Persian calligraphy. Rajput’s work tackles a difficult and emotive issue in American culture without being didactic or heavy-handed. The work is neither meant to be a religious lesson, or a sermon, and provides no answers, but instead creates a contemplative space that encourages the audience to think about the beauty of Islamic Illumination and Arabic Calligraphy in a way that engenders a sense of hope and the possibility of change.
The Kitab Series: Jewels of Arabic Calligraphy will feature conceptual paintings inspired by Islamic Manuscripts and an era of Persian Illumination dating back to the 13th and 14th century in the Middle East. Each painting has been meticulously planned, hand sketched and drenched in 24k Gold, Walnut ink and gouache. Rajput’s Kitab Series was created in the ways of the old masters, using a compass and a ruler to set the foreground for paintings rich in details and design.