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Posted 1 Feb 2018: Jay Bonner at VGPL

The Work of Jay Bonner: an Eldorado Resident and Specialist of Islamic Geometric and Floral Ornament. 7 pm, Friday, February 16, VGPL Meeting Room. Event is free and open to the public.

This presentation will focus upon Bonner’s work as an architectural design consultant specializing in traditional Islamic geometric and floral ornament, including his work for the two sacred Islamic monuments in Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia. He will also discuss examples of his original geometric and floral patterns that adhere to long established Islamic artistic conventions and aesthetics. In addition to designs with complex combinations of differentiated local symmetry (such as 11- and 13-pointed stars), these will include geometric examples that visually express modern mathematical concepts of self-similarity, quasi-crystallinity, aperiodicity, Penrose inflation and deflation, and Penrose edge matching rules.

Brief Biography of Jay Bonner: Jay Bonner is a design consultant specializing in Islamic architectural ornament and traditional Islamic design. He received his Masters degree in this field from the Royal College of Art in London in 1983. He has worked on a wide variety of international architectural projects, including: the Grand Mosque in Mecca; the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina; the Abraj Al-Bait Clock Tower in Mecca; The International Medical Center in Jeddah; the Tomb of Sheikh Hujwiri in Lahore, Pakistan; the New Senate House in Rawalpindi, Pakistan; and the Ismaili Centre in London. He is currently the senior ornamental consultant for the American Mathematical Association Research and Conference Center in Northern California. This building is being designed and ornamented in the style of the Alhambra.

Jay Bonner is an internationally renowned specialist in the field of Islamic geometric design. He has documented his research and methodological theories in a recently published book: Islamic Geometric Patterns: their Historical Development and Traditional Methods of Construction, (Springer, 2017). He is a regular lecturer on this subject, and has spoken and given design workshops in a wide range of academic and conference venues, including programs in North Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.In September, 2016, Jay Bonner spoke on Beauty and Complexity in Islamic Geometric Art at St. John’s College and was the subject of an article in Pasatiempo in the Santa Fe New Mexican (the article can be accessed online by searching Jay Bonner + Pasa Tiemtpo).

Jay Bonner lives and works in Eldorado, Santa Fe. More information, including examples of his work are provided on his website:

This talk will be 60 minutes, followed by questions and answers.

This talk is free to the public.


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