The Art of Mohammed Ali has been taken across the globe and described as challenging the oft-heard term ‘clash of civilisations.’ with his fusion of street-art and islamic script, along with his conscious messages. It was after his new-found passion and rediscovery of his faith in Islam, that he began to fuse his graffiti-art with the grace and eloquence of sacred and Islamic script and patterns. He describes his work as, ‘taking the best of both worlds.’ and bringing back to the forefront principles that are gradually fading away from our modern societies.
Mohammed Ali was drawn to the graffiti world from early 80’s inspired by the subway art movement, and like many kids living in the UK was involved with the street-painting scene. After studying Multimedia Design at university, he went onto working in the computer-games industry as a designer. Soon enough he became disillusioned with using his creative skills for commercial benefit and creating art for art’s sake, and began exploring with creating art for ‘mankind’s sake’.
Graffiti was often a self-glorification of one’s identity, the ‘tag’ being the focus. Mohammed began exploring simple messages which at the heart of were still – the words – but words which pointed to other than the ‘self’, with a deeper message, that was speaking to the public, and relevant to the wider society.
Mohammed Ali’s art is appreciated by people of all faith and cultures and he has exhibited his canvas-art as well as created his public spiritual murals in the streets of major cities, such as New York, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne and Dubai to name but a few. International media ranging from CNN to Aljazeera, have reported his work as a ‘bridge of understanding’between faith communities and he has become a regular media figure. He delivers public lectures about the power of the arts to transform society and how the arts can tackle some of the difficult issues that we face in multi-cultural societies.