The current study is devoted to the attempt of art criticism description and philosophical analysis of the artworks and part of the creativity of the Tatar artist R.I. Shamsutov. The significance of Rustem Shamsutov's work occupies a special place in the history of the fine art of Tatarstan: having revived the forgotten art of calligraphy, he moved it from the category of original creativity to the field of professional fine art. He did not canonize the old techniques and artistic means of shamail, but using them to express his ideas and believes, raised shamail to a qualitatively different level, giving it a modern and individual significance. Rustem Shamsutov is not only a versatile and multi-faceted artist but also a researcher of the aesthetics and history of shamail. The artist creates his own variations of shamail, executed in an elegant calligraphic script. It is noteworthy that the artist develops two main directions: the first one - classic shamils, made on glass, where the master uses the language of original folk art, such as splints, which captivate the audience with sincerity and simplicity; the second is the works that represent a variant of modern abstract painting, that more related to the pictorial beginning than to calligraphic artworks.Keywords: fine art, creativity, calligraphy, shamail, religion, Islam, painting.