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alphabet

This series is a compilation of ancient and current alphabets of different civilizations and cultures from all around the world. The selected 81 alphabets are depicted on mini canvases which are color coded according to their types. Each canvas consists of 25 characters chosen from each alphabet. The final piece of the series is a blank canvas, asking the question of what might the next alphabet look like. In order to complete the series, the viewers are requested to imagine and draw or write the future alphabet on this blank canvas.

The series contains 82 paintings.

 

       
 

201708 / alien / fictional alphabet / futurama / 20th century / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201709 / arabic / consonantal (abjad) alphabet / 2nd century – to present / arabia, middle east / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201710 / aramaic / consonantal (abjad) alphabet / 10th century bc - 1st century / west asia, middle east / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201711 / armenian / segmental alphabet /
5th century – to present / west asia, armenia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201712 / aurekbesh / fictional alphabet /
star wars
/ 20th century / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201713 / aztec / logophonetic alphabet / 14th century bc – 16th century / mesoamerica, americas / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201714 / bengali / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 11th century – to present / south asia, india / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201715 / berber / consonantal (abjad) alphabet / 3rd century bc – 3rd century / africa / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201716 / binary / segmental alphabet /
20th century / oil and mixed media on canvas /
30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201717 / brahmi / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 5th century bc – 4th century / south asia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201718 / braille / segmental alphabet /
19th century – to present / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201719 / burmese / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 12th century – to present / southeast asia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201720 / carian / segmental alphabet / 8th century bc – 3rd century bc / anatolia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201721 / cherokee / syllabic alphabet / 18th century bc – to present / north america / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201722 / chinese / logographic alphabet / 15 century bc – to present / china, east asia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201723 / coptic / segmental alphabet / 2nd century bc – to present / africa, egypt / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201724 / cree / syllabic alphabet / 19th century – to present / americas, canada / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201725 / cypriot / syllabic alphabet / 15th century bc – 3rd century bc / cyprus / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201726 / cyrillic / segmental alphabet / 9th century – to present / central asia, russia, eastern europe / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201727 / devangari / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 12th century – to present / south asia, india / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201728 / dhivehi / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 7th century bc – to present / south asia, maldives / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201729 / egyptian / logophonetic alphabet / 31st century bc – 4th century / egypt / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201730 / emojis / fictional alphabet / 21st century / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201731 / ethiopic / syllabic alphabet / 4th century – to present / africa, ethiopia, erithrea / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201732 / etruscan / segmental alphabet / 7th century bc – 1st century / south europe, greece, italy / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201733 / georgian / segmental alphabet / 5th century – to present / west asia, georgia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201734 / gothic / segmental alphabet / 4th century – 8th century / europe / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201735 / greek / segmental alphabet / 8th century bc – to present / europe, greece / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201736 / hebrew / consonantal (abjad) alphabet / 10th century bc – to present / west asia, israel / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201737 / hittite / logophonetic alphabet / 17th century bc – 11th century bc / west asia, anatolia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201738 / iberian / syllabic alphabet / 5th century bc – 1st century / europe / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201739 / icelandic / segmental alphabet / 8th century / scandinavia / oil and mixed media on canvas
30 x 30 cm

 

201740 / javanese / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 4th century – to present / indonesia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201741 / japanese / logophonetic alphabet /
5th century - to present / east asia, japan / oil and
mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201742 / jurchen / logographic alphabet /
12th century – 16th century / east asia, manchuria / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201743 / kadamba / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 5th century – 10th century / south asia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201744 / khemer / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 12th century – to present / southeast asia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201745 / klingon / fictional alphabet / star trek / 20th century / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201746 / korean / segmental alphabet / 1st century – to present / east asia, korea / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201747 / landa / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 10th century – to present / south asia, punjab / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

  201748 / lao / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 13th century – to present / southeast asia, laos / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm  

201749 / latin / segmental alphabet / 7th century bc – to present / europe / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201750 / linear a / logophonetic alphabet / 18th century bc – 14th century bc / europe, crete / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201751 / luwian / logophonetic alphabet / 14th century bc – 7th century bc / anatolia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201752 / lycian / segmental alphabet / 8th century bc – 3rd century bc / anatolia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201753 / lydian / segmental alphabet / 8th century bc – 1st century bc / anatolia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201754 / malayalam / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 12th century – to present / south asia, kerela, goa / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201755 / matoran / fictional alphabet / lego bionicle / 21st century /oil and mixed media on canvas 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201756 / maya / logophonetic alphabet / 3rd century bc – 17th century / mesoamerica, americas / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201757 / meithei mayek / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 11th century – 18th century / south asia, india /oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201758 / mongolian / segmental alphabet / 12th century – to present / central asia, mongolia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201759 / morse / segmental alphabet / 19th century – to present / oil and mixed media on canvas 30 x 30 cm

 

201760 / old futharic / segmental alphabet / 1st century / europe, britain, scandinavia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201761 / old hungarian / segmental alphabet / 9th century – 17th century / east europe, hungary /
oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201762 / old persian / syllabic alphabet / 5th century bc – 4th century bc / west asia, persia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201763 / ottoman / consonantal (abjad) alphabet / 14th century – 20th century / anatolia / oil and mixed media on canvas/ 30 x 30 cm

 

201764 / pagan / logophonetic alphabet / 3rd century bc – 10th century / europe, scandinavia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201765 / phoenician / consonantal (abjad) alphabet / 19th century bc – 11th century bc / phoenicia, mediterranean civilizations / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201766 / proto sinaitic / consonantal (abjad) alphabet / 19th century bc – 11th century bc / west asia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201767 / rejang / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 18th century – to present / southeast asia, indonesia, sumatra / oil and mixed media on canvas /30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201768 / samaritan / consonantal (abjad) alphabet / 5th century bc – to present / west asia, palestine / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201767 / sarada / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 8th century – 14th century / south asia, kashmir / oil and mixed media on canvas/ 30 x 30 cm

 

201770 / sign / segmental alphabet / 17th century – to present / oil and mixed media on canvas 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201771 / sinhala / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 8th century – to present / south asia, sri lanka / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

 

201772 / south arabian / consonantal (abjad) alphabet / 5th century bc – 6th century / west asia, arabia peninsula / oil and mixed media on canvas /
30 x 30 cm

 

201773 / sumerian / logophonetic alphabet / 33rd century bc – 1st century / mesopotamia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201774 / syriac / consonantal (abjad) alphabet / 1st century – to present / west asia, mesopotamia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201775 / tagalog / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 14th century – 17th century / southeast asia, the phillipines / oil and mixed media on canvas /30x30 cm

 

201776 / takri / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 13th century-18th century / south asia, western himalayas / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201777 / tamil / syllabic (abugida) alphabet /
8th century – to present / south asia / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201778 / tengwar / fictional alphabet / the lord of the rings / 20th century / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201779 / teotihuacan / logophonetic alphabet / 1st century bc – 9th century / mesoamerica, pre-columbia / oil and mixed media on canvas /30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201780 / thai / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 13th century – to present / southeast asia, thailand / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201781 / thamudic / consonantal (abjad) alphabet / 2nd century bc – 3rd century / west asia, arabia peninsula / oil and mixed media on canvas/ 30 x 30 cm

 

201782 / tibetian / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 7th century – to present / central asia, tibet / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201783 / tocharian / syllabic (abugida) alphabet / 6th century – 8th century / central asia, chinese turkestan / oil and mixed media on canvas/30 x 30 cm

 

201784 / turkic runes / segmental alphabet / 8th century–9th century / central asia, siberia, uighur / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201785 / uighur / segmental alphabet / 8th century – 17th century / central asia, uighur / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
       
 

201786 / xelbet / fictional alphabet / secret code / 20th century / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201787 / venetic / segmental alphabet / 5th century bc – 1st century bc / south europe, italy / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 

201788 / zapotec / logophonetic alphabet / 5th century bc – 10th century / mesoamerica, mexico / oil and mixed media on canvas / 30 x 30 cm

 
             
           
  201789 / what’s next? / alphabet graffiti by viewers / 21 century and on / oil and mixed media on canvas / 100 x 100 cm