—Islamic contemporary paintings stand as one of the
identities of the nation. The pluralisme of its styles has been
depending mainly towards the classification of Muslim
artworks introduced by Ismail Raji Al-Faruqi in 1986. Due to
the expansion of art media, its technique, individual quality and
aesthetic experience, this paper intends to search for the new
styles emerged from the amalgamation of the three art
traditions: Islamic, Western and Malay art, from the study
made on Islamic calligraphy paintings selected from year 1947
until 2005. Among 707 paintings collected, 110 have been
selected as samples to represent the diversity of the material,
year, artist and painting technique. These paintings have been
scrutinized using qualitative method (grounded theory) and the
final finding introduces 5 main styles which could accommodate
in precise the paintings into its own suitable categories based on
the latest art mainstreams.
—Art style, classification of Islamic art,
contemporary Islamic calligraphy, Malaysian art.
Nor Azlin Hamidon is with the University of Malaya (e-mail:
Cite: Nor Azlin Hamidon and Siti Mastura Md. Ishak, " The New Categorizations of Style in Contemporary
Islamic Calligraphy Paintings in Malaysia," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 403-407, 2015.