Ali Hassan

Ali Hassan was born in Doha, Qatar in 1956. One  of Qatar’s most celebrated artists, Hassan first became involved with Arabic calligraphy in 1972  when he worked as a calligrapher for several local newspapers. He received a Batchelor’s degree in history from the University of Qatar in 1982, he then studied restoration at the University of Leuwen (Belgium) in 1984 and graphics in Cairo in 1986. 

Hassan’s career in contemporary Arab art began with his inaugural exhibition in Doha in 1986. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including a solo exhibition in Tokyo as well as group exhibitions in Zurich, Paris and New York. Fascinated by the Arabic letter nūn for over twenty years, Hassan has produced a rich body of mixed media compositions along with work in watercolour, pencil, pastel, and ceramic that celebrate this singular letter. 


In the last several years, Hassan has continued to explore the formal and spiritual qualities of letters and texts through the medium of installation art. His 25-year long career has

allowed him to incorporate the entire 28 letter Arabic alphabet into his oeuvre, experi-menting with various art materials and styles. His works are included in such prestigious collections as the British Museum in the UK, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the US, and the Barjeel Foundation in the UAE.

In addition to the above accolades, Ali Hassan also served as the former chairman of the Youth Creative Art Centre and Girl’s Creativity Art Centre, both in Doha. In 2009, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Qatar honoured him with a retrospective. Ali Hassan lives and works in Doha.

Noon Series