Artist

Wissam Shawkat

Lives in Dubai

Wissam Shawkat has been passionate about calligraphy since early age. Civil engineer by practice, he complemented his artistic pursuits and offered him the skills necessary to excel at draftsmanship and design. His unique style borrows from the exquisite craftsmanship of traditional practitioners and the vibrancy of contemporary culture.
A calligrapher and designer of logotypes with over 20 years experience, Shawkat has worked for well-known clients in branding design, advertising agencies and big corporations. In addition to the graphic applications of his calligraphic works, he has practiced calligraphy as an art form, producing fine art calligraphy pieces that are included in many private and public collections throughout the world. Shawkat has participated in many local and international competitions and exhibitions and winning several awards locally and internationally including Al Burda International Calligraphy Competition; Al-Baraka Turk Bank Calligraphy Competition; Visual & Audible Arabic calligraphy; Iraqi Calligraphy Society prize; International Calligraphy Competition (IRCICA); and Dar Al-Salam 3rd Arabic Calligraphy & Islamic Ornamentation Festival.
Wissam Shawkat’s work has appeared in many books and publications focused on the art of calligraphy and logos, as well as curating several local and international calligraphy functions and exhibitions. The diversity of his work resonates with a wide range of audiences and testifies to his belief that calligraphy knows no boundaries.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Monumental 11/11
Tashkeel is pleased to announce Wissam Shawkat’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, Monumental 11/11. The...
12 Nov 2015 - 07 Jan 2016
Tashkeel
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
Exhibitions
Wissam Shawkat & Majid Alyousef: Contours
“Contorurs”, the show presented at FN Designs, brings the concept of calligraphy to a new level...
15 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
FN Designs
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
Exhibitions
Wissam Shawkat: Inside/Outside
XVA Gallery presents “Inside/Outside”, a solo show by the artist Wissam Shawkat. The artist’s interest...
26 Jan 2017 - 07 Mar 2017
XVA Gallery
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
Exhibitions
10 Years Later
To celebrate a decade of activities Tashkeel showcases commissions by 16 leading artists in the UAE....
13 Mar 2018 - 26 Apr 2018
Tashkeel
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
Exhibitions
Wissam Shawkat: Intersection
The artist has trained as a calligrapher but has also spent years working as an artist and as a craftsman...
14 Mar 2018 - 14 May 2018
Showcase Gallery
Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
Art Spaces
XVA Gallery
Galleries in Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi