Elegant Calligraphy Mural Greets Passersby With an Uplifting Quote From a 14th Century Poet

Calligraphy Mural by Seb Lester

“I Wish,” Holborn, London, 2020

The age-old art of calligraphy celebrates the beauty of language, and there are incredible artists who continue its legacy today. Seb Lester is one of them; he's world-renowned for his mesmerizing lettering of words and phrases in a variety of captivating styles. Recently, he unveiled a large-scale mural in London of his fanciful script. Entitled I Wish, the elegant black calligraphy encompasses an entire white wall, depicting a quote by Persian poet Hafez (also known as Hafiz, c. 1315-1390). It says, “I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.”

Lester was formally trained in graphic design at Central Saint Martins in London. Before starting a project, he says that he often likes to search for a piece of poetry or prose that inspires him. “Persia produced some incredible poets in the Middle Ages,” Lester explains to My Modern Met. “Hafez is probably my favorite. His timeless poetry transcends cultures, borders, and politics because it's about the human condition.” The artist worked with the London Mural Festival to create I Wish, which anyone can view in person at 10 John St, Holborn, WC1N 2EB.

In addition to the mural, Lester released two limited edition art prints of the poem. One version features metallic rose-gold calligraphy on black Plike art paper (16.5 x 9.5 inches), and another features 22ct gold leaf calligraphy on black Plike art paper (16.5 x 9.5 inches). Both of these editions are available for purchase via Lester's shop and ship worldwide.

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UK-based artist Seb Lester creates exquisite calligraphy art.

Calligraphy by Seb Lester

“I Wish,” Holborn, London, 2020

His newest mural I Wish depicts a quote by Persian poet Hafez (also known as Hafiz, c. 1315-1390).

Calligraphy by Seb Lester

“I Wish” Limited Edition Print

Lester also released a limited edition print of the poem featuring gold leaf script.

Calligraphy by Seb Lester

“I Wish” Limited Edition Print

Calligraphy by Seb Lester

“I Wish” Limited Edition Print

Calligraphy by Seb Lester

“I Wish” Limited Edition Print

Watch these videos to see how Lester creates his exquisite calligraphy:

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Seb Lester.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.

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