Description of Surah al-Asr by Mehmet Ozcay
Rumi's Garden is proud to present the contemporary traditional Islamic calligraphy of Mehmet Özçay from Turkey. In this rare lithograph, Surah al-Asr is masterfully penned. It translates to:
By the declining day Lo! man is a state of loss Save those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to endurance.
A lithograph is a type of non-digital printing, developed in the 1700s, where the image from a plate is transferred to a rubber blanket and then to the printing surface. The end result is an extremely high-quality image.
Mehmet Özçay was born in Çankaya, Trabzon in 1961. He finished primary and middle school education in Gerede and graduated from the Faculty of Theology at Atatürk University in 1986. He learned naskh and thuluth scripts from Fuat Başar, and obtained his professional license from the master.
In 1986 and 1989, Özçay participated in international calligraphy competitions, which were organized by the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) and won six prizes in various categories. In 1992, he copied and wrote the Holy Qur’an and published it in 1992. The book “Spoken by the Hand, Heart by the Eye” which is the selection of his calligraphy works spanning 25 years, was published in English and Arabic in 2007.
Özçay has had many solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous international group exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. He has also served as a jury member in many international calligraphy competitions. He has established his own style in colored scribble (karalama) panels which are written with jali thuluth and jali naskh scripts. His calligraphy works can be seen in various national and international museums and private collections. Currently, Özçay continues to work at his workshop in Istanbul.
Details of Surah al-Asr lithograph
۩ Subject: Surat al-Asr in Thuluth script
۩ Edition: A limited (300 prints) high-quality lithograph commissioned by the artist
۩ Calligrapher: Mehmet Ozcay
۩ Illumination: Fatma Ozcay
۩ Size: 45.5 x 41 cm
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