The term Muslim art refers to the broader artistic genre of Islamic art. Muslim art does not specifically refer to art which is exclusively Muslim but rather refers to the art forms which were produced by the rich creative culture of Islamic countries. Through this site and in the gallery linked opposite you will find Muslim art from Aziza Essa which takes the traditional aspects of Muslim art and combines them with European influences, this mixture of traditional Muslim influenced art and western culture combines to form pieces which are spiritually uplifting.
The majority of Sunni and Shia Muslims believe that visual representations of all living beings should generally be prohibited. Despite this, human portrayals can be found in all eras of Muslim art. Muslim art for the purpose of worship is considered idolatry and is duly forbidden in Islamic law, known as Sharia law. There are also no depictions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), in historical Muslim art.
Muslim art is not exclusively one media and takes advantage of materials such as pottery, paint and ceramics while taking a large influence from skills such as architecture, music and calligraphy. The large variety of influences makes Muslim art one of the most revered movements in the history of art.
If you would like to talk to Aziza about any of the Muslim art on offer then please feel free to use the contact form on this website. She is available for commissions or independent requests.