DIA AL- AZZAWI ORIENTAL SCENE N.2
DIA AL- AZZAWI (Iraqi, b. 1939)
ORIENTAL SCENE N.2
signed and dated 'ضياء العزاوي AL Azzawi 1980' (Lower right)
Gouache on paper
Galerie Faris. 1980
Ms.Budiarto, Switzerland 1981
and Thence by descent, Montreal
Galerie Faris, Paris, 27 mai-21 juin 1980 (Catalogue avaliable on demand)
Azzawi: exposition , Galerie Faris, Paris, 27 mai-21 juin 1980, page 20 and 21
Special Thanks to Ms.Mysa Kafil Hussain and Mr. Azzawi for their help with cataloging informations.
The Malachite Gallery is honoured to present a beautiful work from the oeuvre of celebrated Iraqi artist Dia Al Azzawi from 1980.
This work is noted for incorporating Arabic Calligraphy , a bull's head and scenes from Iraq’s history, and Babylonian symbols .
Spending much of his time at the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad, the extensive collection of famous monumental works of Mesopotamian and Islamic art significantly influenced the artist’s stylistic practice. Al Azzawi began to combine techniques of contemporary painting with motifs drawn from the Sumerian, Assyrian and Babylonian heritage of Iraq and with geometric patterning drawn and arabesque from the contemporary tribal culture of the desert. This eventually lead him to establish the New Vision Group (al-Ru'yya al-Jadidah) in 1969 debating themes such as identity and modernity that serve as the backbone of his work today.
His work has been collected and sought after by world renowned public institutions.
Active in the arts community, he founded the Iraqi art group known as New Vision and has been an inspiration to a generation of young, calligraffiti artists. No