“Painting the characters and seeing them come alive before me is like a dance. When I create these letters, it feels like a spiritual movement.”
Nugamshi's research explores the evolution of traditional calligraphy
and typography employing different techniques and unusual tools (broom
or spray paint instead of brushes). Despite intentionally breaking with
convention, Nugamshi remains true to that tradition of calligraphy while
stirring dialogues within communities and looking for the spirit of the
Arabic letters. “A real artist creates his own material,” is what he
believes because of his experiments using different materials such as
pieces of silk or fabric in a broom or brush to elongate the paint.
Nugamshi trained as a graphic designer specializing in branding and type design; he currently works as a graphic designer for a local bank in Riyadh. Nugamshi has taught workshops on basic training, techniques and the history of calligraffiti and has presented performances and staged exhibitions in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Sharjah, Jordan and the US.