Narjes was born in Abu Dhabi in 1975. She graduated with a Diploma in Financial Studies and worked in banking sector until 2006 where she devoted herself to the art of Arabic calligraphy.
She started her professional journey with this art in Sharjah Institute for Arabic Calligraphy in 2000, then in Calligraphers’ Studios, where she continued her studies and training with the master Khaled Al Saai, especially in the "Jali Diwani" style.
In year 2004 Narjes was awarded an international prize in the most recognized international competition for calligraphy art, organized by "IRCICA" – Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture, Istanbul, Turkey. She was the first lady calligrapher from the Arabic Gulf Region to be recognized in this international competition.
She travelled to Istanbul in 2006 to continue studying the Thuluth style under the great masters Hassan Chalabi and Dawood Baktash. She also travelled to Tehran in 2007 seeking the Nastaliq (Farsi) style great master Abbas Akhawain, who personally trained her in spite of dozens of teachers in his institute.
Narjes participated in many local and international exhibitions since 2001, organized by the Sharjah Department of Education, Dubai Department of Tourism, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and other local parties. Some of these participations are:
2002 – 2012, Islamic Arts Festival - Sharjah Art Museum
2003, Magnificence of Letters, “Hurouf Arabia” magazine, Dubai
2004 – 2014, Sharjah International Biennial for the Art of Arabic Calligraphy
2005 – 2014, Dubai International Exhibition of the Art of Arabic Calligraphy
2010, The will of the Reed, IRCICA & ADACH, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
In addition to several other exhibitions organized by local and international parties in UAE, Turkey, Algeria, Germany, China and Lebanon.
She continues giving training sessions in this art, and holding open workshops for public in different events, locally and internationally. Showing her art to public and art lovers is one of her best experiences.
In addition to her practice in the classical calligraphy school, Narjes had her say in the modern trends as well, exploring new horizons for Arabic calligraphy art in the world of forms and colours. Her paintings in this direction varied between delivering a written message in a modern art language, and using letters in abstract, to form the desired painting atmosphere.
Narjes joined many art courses in different institutes, and finally joined Zayed University – College of Arts & Creative Enterprises (CACE) in 2013 to study Interior Design. She’s confident that her beautiful art will have wider opportunities in this field.
Narjes’ personal website: www.narjesnour.com