Art on your wrist: Huawei teams up with Emirati artist Mahmood Al Abadi for Arabic calligraphy watch faces
Dubai: Do you love art but don’t have time to visit art galleries? If you are a Huawei GT3 watch user or planning to buy a Huawei GT3 watch, we have good news for you! You can now, literally, wear art on your wrists. How? ‘Or’ What? Huawei has partnered with renowned Emirati artist Mahmood Al Abadi to develop a unique collection of Arabic calligraphy designs for Huawei GT3 watch faces.
This gives Huawei GT3 watch users the option to choose between six artworks, created exclusively by Abadi, to set as the background on their watch.
Abadi, who is well known for his art of calligraphy, many of which are owned by prominent UAE businessmen, and displayed in the offices of government officials, spoke to Gulf News about the collaboration.
The 35-year-old artist said, “Huwaei brings art to digital devices. What I like most about this project is the idea of using technology and digital art to promote Arab culture to more people.
“Usually, art lovers have to visit exhibitions or galleries to appreciate the works of artists. More recently, social media has enabled artists to create digital art forms. Huawei has gone even further. Everyone has a device these days – a laptop, cellphone, tablet, or smartwatches. Showing works at this level made them accessible to a wider audience.
Where can I find the illustration of my watch face?
To change your watch face display to Abadi’s artwork, start by pairing your Huawei watch to your Huawei phone. Now, on the pre-installed Health app, open the Devices option. Now click on Watch Faces. By default, this will open to a page where you will see the Emirati artist’s collection.
For a step-by-step guide, watch the video.
Huawei themes for smartphones
This is not the first time that Abadi’s work has been displayed on Huawei devices. In 2021, Huawei made its works available in Huawei Themes, the pre-installed software for Huawei smartphones that allows users to customize wallpapers, display and text styles.
Using vividly hued Arabic calligraphy patterns, the artist has created a series of 10 artworks that capture the beauty of local architecture and historical moments that are the pride of Arab nations. “For an artist, everything around him is a source of inspiration. I was inspired by some steps taken by the United Arab Emirates. Besides calligraphy, we have created two works of art honoring the achievements of the United Arab Emirates such as The Hope Mars Mission.
Connecting young people to Arab culture
“It is not just a work of art, it is a reflection of the culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates and of Arab and Middle Eastern culture. But I don’t just focus on traditional art.
My works take the traditional message and portray it in a modern way, it’s a mix of both,” he added.
Abadi seeks to bring young people closer to Arab culture. He said, “Today, art needs to be shared and promoted through modern means and channels that reach out to the younger generation. With Huawei’s artistic initiatives, Arabic art is going to be everywhere. They make art more interesting for the new generation.
The artistic journey of Mahmoud Al Abadi
Speaking about his vast background in art, graphic design, fine art and sculpture, he said, “My artistic journey started when I was 17 years old. Initially, I learned Arabic calligraphy from my uncle, who is an artist. Later, I attended the Arabic calligraphy center in Sharjah. Besides what I learned from my teachers, I also bought many self-help books to practice. The interaction with other local and international artists also helped me understand different artistic styles.
“I am happy and proud to join Huawei in this project to share Arabic-inspired themes with all Huawei users in the Middle East and North Africa.”