Secret Names

Sedaqat Jabbari

February 2008

Sedaqat Jabbari reveals the inherent connection between Persian letters and poetic expression. He was trained both in traditional calligraphy, and with a modern college education in fine arts. His work attempts to combine the two, a radical departure from the traditional ways of calligraphy.

His paintings are based on the Persian letters laid out on large canvases in a graceful composition, magnificent colors and rhythm, dimension and form that reveal a sense of space and sensitivity.

They express the sublime concept of an abstract rendering of the Divine Names of God, put together as if to whisper the name of the "beloved" in different tones. The empty spaces on his canvas become meaningful. Infatuation and steadfastness of letters exactly like notes in contemporary music become strong and weak and indicate how substance overshadows other elements of the work.

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