Ahmed al-Quraan was enjoying his morning cup of Turkish coffee in his office in 2017, when his eyes drifted towards his photo displayed on his business card. At the time, he was a supervisor of art at the Arab Open University in Kuwait.
“I decided to play around with coffee. I took my Arabic calligraphy pen and began drawing my own portrait,” the 45-year-old Jordanian artist tells Middle East Eye.
Since then he has drawn dozens of portraits of famous figures using coffee, including Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, Charles Darwin, Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum and many more.
“When I draw, I engage with the taste of coffee. I try to make the connection between the taste and the aesthetics before drawing,” he explains.