Ali Adjalli is the founder of the "Gol Gasht" school of calligraphy, characterised by a dense and interlocking play of the Arabic script, a distinctive style now regularly seen amongst numerous Arab and Iranian calligraphers.
Ali Adjalli was born in Mianeh, Iran, on February 8, 1939. He completed his schooling in Mianeh and at Tehran’s Lycée Français, following that with a degree in Interior Architecture from Tehran’s College of Design. Returning to his childhood love of painting, Adjalli then studied calligraphy and calligraphic painting under the direction, at various times, of every Iranian calligraphy master. By 1964, Adjalli had been generally recognised as the creator of a new style of calligraphy.
Apart from his work as an artist and poet (writing under the pen name of Vassegh), he began a career as an educator in 1974, becoming a university lecturer on fine arts, and then Master of Calligraphy at numerous institutions including the prestigious Calligraphy Academy of Iran.
While Adjalli has exhibited his works at various institutions and galleries, including solo exhibitions at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and at the Niavaran Palace Institute, Adjalli’s private nature has prevented the wide dissemination of his works, leaving them mostly within the reach of public and private collections.
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