eL Seed

eL Seed - Arabic Inspired Street Painting eL Seed

El Seed (Tunisia/France/Canada) is a Tunisian artist, born in France and now living in Canada. His distinguished fusion of Arabic Calligraphy and Graffiti has made him an important influence for graffiti artists throughout the Arab world. He is well sought-after for countless projects and exhibitions in places like Montreal, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Tunis, Qatar, Dubai and Sharjah.

I perceive Arabic Graffiti as a tangible expression of my search for identity. Throughout my work, myriad paths intersect and mirror the multiple sources of inspiration which nourish my art. Emanating from this confusion is an amalgam of harmony and balance.

My art is a mixture of street art and Arabic Calligraphy. It is the product of a double marginality, that of an oriental art seeking a voice in the occidental world, and that of street art struggling to legitimize its presence on the contemporary art scene. This duality enables the reconciling of two supposedly opposing worlds and two supposedly clashing cultures.

I no longer tag my name on walls. I've decided to adopt a proverbial tradition in which the name disappears and only the message remains. Therefore, rather than searching for what distinguishes me from others, I search for what unites me and others. My art is a link, an arm outstretched, a bridge towards those who are open to my messages.

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