Kameel Hawa draws, paints, sculpts and designs. He projects words into art pieces, shaping typographic sculptures out of Arabic and Phoenician alphabets. He dabbles with photography, creates books and magazines and experiments with screen prints and other art forms.
An autodidactic artist, he is today best known for his sculptures: the typographic monument of Beirut, the tribute to his alma mater AUB, and the eight interpretations of the word Fann (Arabic for Art) which have drawn both popular and particular acclaim.
An accomplished designer, Kameel founded AlMohtaraf some three decades ago, a regional graphic design house which he still inspires and drives to date. AlMohtaraf is famous for combining refined aesthetics with modern design solutions, unfailingly maintaining a profound continuity with indigenous needs and values.
Kameel has had several solo exhibits in Beirut, Cairo and Kuwait. He has participated for years in the Beirut Art Fair and the Beirut Art Week. His last solo exhibit was held in 2015 at the Saifi Village Gallery 691, featuring lithographs and silkscreen works in addition to oil and watercolor paintings.
Kameel’s drawings and paintings of flowers and personages have been esteemed for their tenderness and originality, and have been published in three books: “Seated Women”, “Friends and Acquaintances”, and “Flowers in Vases”, in addition to a special feature in Helen Khal’s book on Lebanese artists.
Recent works of Kameel include “Random”, his geometric sculpture in front of the new UCA building on Jisr el Basha, and his sculptural interpretation of the Phoenicien alphabet, covered on a Reuters interview aired last month on several Lebanese and international channels.