Author Archives: dan

Biography

Biography   1948 – 1969 Born in London Ontario, 1948 Attended Princess Elizabeth Elementary School, awarded First prize in Art from I.O.D.E at graduation 1961 Attended art classes with Claire Bice, London Public Library and Art Gallery Attended H B … Continue reading

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The Seasons

                                                                                                                                                                                    Click on image to enlarge        The four drawings represent the seasons of winter, spring, summer and autumn. The drawings seen together form a circle which is subdivided into four quadrants. The drawing is … Continue reading

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Moon over Kaaba

Moon Over Kaaba The image of the moon is a recurring image seen in a series of works completed over the last 35 years. Here the celestial satellite is contrasted with the Earthly Kaaba, the cubic House of Allah (God) which is known … Continue reading

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The Ninety Nine Signs

The drawing below shows the Ninety Nine Signs in gold paint on a background with incised markings and coloured pencil utilizing the texture of the paper surface. This is a study for a painting and continues the series based on the 99 Names of … Continue reading

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The Ninety Nine Names 3

 This drawing is another example of the Ninety Nine Names of Allah using the calligraphic nail symbol and the enscribed names. Here the nail symbols all point to the centre which represents the Qabaa in Mecca, the first House of God … Continue reading

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The Ninety Nine Names 2

This drawing is another image which explores the use of symbols to represent the traditional names of Allah or God. The image below right shows a detail of the drawing which is divided into 99 squares with a name in each square. A … Continue reading

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Studio Light

The environment of the studio can be visually engaging as one works on various ideas. Considering the quality of light as it enters the work space, at different times of the day and season to season, can be a factor in … Continue reading

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My Childhood Night Sky

  In my use of jars and other still life objects I consider the quality of light, the transparency and the relationship of the objects one to the other. The space inside a jar and between each object is carefully considered. … Continue reading

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The Sacred Arabic Numerals

The drawings of the ten Arabic numerals began with  the study of the Arabic language and research of the traditional calligraphy seen in numerous examples in Qur’ans, mosques and on various objects. The image below left is an example of a preliminary … Continue reading

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The Ninety Nine Names

In Islam there is a tradition of reciting the 99 names of Allah or God. These names have certain attributes or qualities whereby the memorization of the names and their prescribed recitation has a spiritual dimension which has a benefit to … Continue reading

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