Meet Mohanad, The Artist Creating a New Genre, Merging Islamic Art/Tradition With AI.
Updated: Apr 17
There is a new style of art that blends human creativity with AI-generated imagery. This style of art is becoming more and more popular as a plethora of artists who use this new style post their work on Instagram. One account that stands out among all these profiles, is one that features digital art that features Arabic calligraphy, characters, and tradition. This account belongs to Mohannad Husam, a Multidisciplinary artist from Amman. His work is inspired By Arabic/Islamic identity. He creates Illustrations and collages packed with AI-generated art along with 3D/2D elements and calligraphy and paint overs, using print/digital art as a Trojan horse to embed Arabic / Islamic Intelligence into pop culture. This interesting combination of different artistic perspectives is leading the way for a new genre of art that will take traditional Islamic art to a new forefront of AI art.
-What was your first interaction with art?
A first encounter with the arts is not something a person is likely to forget. The initial experience is never quite enough, and it can often lead to a lifelong love and appreciation for the arts.
My first encounter with art would have been like every child, I guess. With Cartoons and Movies, I clearly remember it started with the 1989 “Batman” movie.
-Who we’re your artistic inspirations?
I have no one person at the center of my inspiration. They varied through the creative spectrum, but if I would mention a few off the top of my head, I would say the writer Ryan holiday in music, Sami Yousuf and in art Nick Philip, the designer behind the delightful Imaginary Foundation.
-Can you tell us about the art/creative scene in Jordan? How is its current state and where do you see it going?
The growing arts scene in the country has a great deal to offer to art lovers and creatives of all tastes.
Under this model, great ideas are often birthed by a group of creative individuals—artists, curators, thinkers, theorists, and other tastemakers—who make up an “ecology of talent.” a whole scene of people who are supporting each other, looking at each other’s work, copying from each other, stealing ideas, and contributing ideas.” and it doesn’t take away from the achievements of those great individuals: it just acknowledges that good work isn’t created in a vacuum and that creativity is always, in some sense, a collaboration, the result of a mind connected to other minds.
-Who are 5 artists you dream of collaborating with?
Honestly, if I have to choose, it would be a Dream come true if I could collaborate with Sami Yusuf or Mr.Peter Gould from Gould studios. But I'm still in the process of improving my skills so honestly, I’m open to collaboration.
I've even been recently working with a mission from Chile of all places.
-What was your experience with the business/career side of art? And what advice do you have for artists looking to monetize their art?
People claim to want to do something that matters, yet they measure themselves against things that don’t.
If you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.
As a general rule, however, the more accessible you can make your product, the easier it will be to market. You can always raise the price later after you’ve built an audience.
-Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don’t even try seeing myself for such a long period. Life is unpredictable and whatever I imagined or thought will happen, didn’t come true in that way. That is why I try to live day by day and think in a short-term manner.
-From the beginning of your journey until now, what are the 3 most important things you’ve learned?
I learned a lot actually, and I'm still learning. I would say that the First thing is that It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. Secondly, ego is the enemy. Third, If you want to improve, be content with being thought of as foolish and stupid.
-Being that there’s a lot of inspiration from Arab culture in your work, what is your goal for using Arab culture in your art?
-Other than yourself, who are 3 Arab artists you think we should be on the lookout for?
Yes, there have been many artists like :
-Gada jermy (@gada.art)
-Mohammad Awwad (@mo.awwad.arte)
-Yazan Khalifeh (@yazkal)
-You've been able to grow a sizable audience through social media for your art, what would you say are 3 crucial things artists must do to grow a good following?
- People [who are] thinking about things other than making good art, never make good art.
-There must be a reason to share it and the means to do so.
-Creating more artwork is one of the most effective marketing techniques of all.
-Which of your pieces of work is your favorite so far and why?
Oh, that's easy, it's the (اقرأ / Read) piece. It was the first Piece that started the whole thing and it serves as a good reminder to keep learning.
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