+Media - The Celebration of "Al Hayy" via Alive 99 Exhibition
Through Color and Movement Art Noor Celebrates His Divine Names at Dubai Mall
by Muhammad Yusuf,
Published on May 03, 2021
Dubai /Sharjah-based artist Art Noor’s month-long exhibition and LED show titled at Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, titled ‘Alive99, is inspired by the glorious name of Allah “Al Hayy” meaning The Living, is his tribute to that name.
Inaugurated in the beginning of Ramadan, the exhibition comprises forty of (Aslam) Art Noor’s latest paintings, which are joyous and thus made of candid and energetic strokes.
Art Noor is well known for his dedicated focus on the divine subject of the 99 Beautiful Names of Allah. He explains the theme of the ‘Alive 99’ collection thus:
“Life is a divine gift given by The Living, the Eternal. Most of the paintings in this collection are both an interpretation and a celebration of that dynamic force, which surrounds us everywhere.
“The movement and the flow of perpetual energy is what fascinates me. In these works, I attempt to engage with movement on the canvas with unpredictable randomness - a hallmark of life”.
The rhythm of life is expressed through colour harmonies and contrasts. It is a ceaseless flow. Old leaves die, new ones take their place. Emotions, passions, and vulnerabilities coexist on the canvas and across many canvases. It is an unending saga, a tiny fraction of which we experience as humans, captured on the canvas for a fleeting moment.
Being extensively displayed and advertised by the Dubai Mall inside the mall and their social media, the exhibition and the support it gets, from the management and the audience, heightens the flavour of Ramadan. It reinforces the cultural values of the region and the spiritual values encouraged by the Holy Month.
Art Noor has been a resident of the UAE since 2003. So far, he has presented eleven solo exhibitions. He has also executed more than thousand paintings during a period of sixteen years on the subject of ‘Asma ul Husna – the beautiful names and attributes of Allah’.
An established professional artist, he paints out of his studio in Sharjah Airport International Free Zone. He considers his artistic endeavor a spiritual journey to explore and connect with what is unseen but alive.
His paintings strive to explore the ties between spirituality and art by allowing “moments to show movement” through brush strokes and choice of colour, among other things. He does not like to be confined to a predefined signature style.
“I don’t want to be a prisoner of my own making”, he said in an interview to an art critic. “I love the feeling of expectation and then reaching a place I never knew existed. It’s the journey that I cherish, since the destination is unknown”.
That is the way he keeps himself and his faith alive.
But this Ramadan Art Noor is not done with presenting his favourite subject in only one place. One location is one too less for his passion for the 99 names of Allah.
Right under the dome with starry lights at Marina Mall, Dubai, a special offering is being made by him for visitors and shoppers. You can find Art Noor here, exhibiting his works and autographing some of his much sought after books on his subject.
The specially curated collection titled ‘Sublime99’ consists of forty works, to be displayed throughout Ramadan. As ever, inspired by the beauty of Asma Ul Husna, the contemporary paintings explore divine attributes through colour, abstract expressionism and Arabic calligraphy, with an original and energising perspective.
In keeping with the spirit of giving, Art Noor is also gifting a few of his paintings to some of his social media followers during Ramadan.
“Twenty years ago”, he says, “if someone had said, you will be painting Allah’s divine names in future, I would have found it hard to believe, and for three reasons.
”First, I lacked training and discipline to work on a canvas for weeks and months. Second, I was living in New Delhi and running an advertising agency which routinely employed creative artists, but only for composing commercial advertising for television and print media.
“My only connection with painting was my friendship with some very well-known painters, and occasional visits to much sought after art events, whenever possible. Third, the chore of mixing the paints and cleaning brushes seemed out of sync with my habits and experience!”
But life, like art, can be transformed with a single stroke. It is sometimes called the defining moment. And that moment happened to Art Noor in the first month of 2003.
He remembers the time clearly. On a sabbatical to the UAE from his advertising and technological career for about a year, he would often go to Sharjah Art Museum, which was located close to his flat, to browse their small but well stocked art library.
“After one such immersive session”, he recalls, “I asked the taxi to take me to industrial area where I had noticed a bunch of carpentry shops. Once there, I ordered a hundred wooden frames in size 80 cm x 80 cm.
“On the way back, I bought forty metres of raw canvas, a box full of paints and half a dozen large sketchbooks. That was the beginning of the journey without a destination, route map or resources”. Sixteen years on, it continues.
Art Noor's SpiritFest99 at DFC
This year, Aslam Noor, widely known as Art Noor has set a gigantic 10m x 2m canvas at Dubai Festival City Mall, and undertaken to Live Paint not only one but 4 of those during the month of Ramadan.
Art Noor's SpiritFest99 at Dubai Festival City
This year, Aslam Noor, who widely known as Art Noor has set a gigantic 10m x 2m canvas at Dubai Festival City Mall, and undertaken to Live Paint not only one but 4 of those during the month of Ramadan.
The Ramadan inspired LED show that Noor designed and produced for Burj Khalifa depicting the divine names, which was chosen to be played on the façade of the world’s tallest tower many times in the evening, during the whole month of Ramadan.
Celebration of "The Eternal Life"
The rhythm of life is expressed through colour harmonies and contrasts. "It is a ceaseless flow. Old leaves die, new ones take their place. Emotions, passions, and vulnerabilities coexist on the canvas and across many canvases."
"Retrospective" at Studio 7 Gallery
At “ArtNoor Retrospective” visitors featured a wide genre of artworks that Noor has created, shedding light on the Artists Journey and for the first time a show has been so integrally planned to engage visitors.
For two consecutive years 2018 & 2019, Burj Khalifa showcased Art Noor's 99 Names of Allah series of paintings, via the multiple LED shows, that ran every day for the whole month of Ramadan. Noor reveals his insights in the interview with Art & Lusso.
The Inner Core
Being held at St Regis Dubai until July 2, the exhibits consist mainly of large scale works both in size and depth.Emphasising the need for learning to love one another.
Artistic Anedotes @ the Palm Dubai
Light & Love in an exhibiton of paintings by Art Noor at Sofitel. the Palm Dubai - In colleaboration of French owned Monda Gallery.
Noor Speaks to Panorama about his works and current exhibits.
Fragrance of Faith
Art Noor broke away from his highly successful corporate career in advertising in 2002 to dedicate his time to art, and more particularly, to all topics related to the Creator, and Love.
Inspired by Divinity
"One of the great lessons painting can teach you is not to be afraid of making mistakes. Every mistake is a doorway which leads to some
discovery. Every flawed attempt gets one closer to the desired outcome " Art Noor shares his process of creating.
Alive & Sublime 99
Alive and Sublime 99 shows by Art Noor – The latest Exhibition of paintings, Inspired by the glorious names of Allah at Dubai Mall and Marina Mall, have been on display through Ramadan,
Painting the Soul
Ruminiscence is a solo exhibition of thirty lyrical paintings by Art Noor, reflecting his admiration for the celebrated poet Rumi.
The paintings demonstrate the diversity of his artistic endeavours and the universality of his appeal.
The Anatomy of Fragrance
"He experiments with various styles and techniques and uses, for example, both wash and hard brushstrokes. But the spiritual dimensions of his work are selfevident, whatever the medium or technique."
Solidarity, to help rebuild Kerala
".. Art Noor, famous for his abstract paintings based on Arabic calligraphy of Allah's
beautiful names, has offered one of those paintings or the cause."
Sailing in the Same Boat at #RAKFAF
Aslam (Art) Noor’s ‘Sailing in the Same Boat’ that started out as a live painting project in Abu Dhabi on a four-part canvas measuring 4mx1.5m. Reinterpreting the natural shape of the UAE map as a large dhow, sailing with many nationalities on board.
Wings of Light
Perhaps this is what Noor’s mission is. To touch the hearts with interpretations of the divine attributes through his memorable strokes of emotion and faith and put them in touch with the sacred within.