Lorna Selim (Iraq, born 1928) Secondary School Street, Baghdad
Lot 7*
Lorna Selim
(Iraq, born 1928)
Secondary School Street, Baghdad
Sold for £ 6,875 (US$ 8,828) inc. premium

Lot Details
Lorna Selim (Iraq, born 1928)
Secondary School Street, Baghdad
ink on paper, framed
signed and dated "1977" in Arabic (lower left), inscribed "for Gunhild and Nazar, from Lorna with love" on the verso, titled "Secondary school street near the ministry of defence"(verso), executed in 1977
27 x 80cm (10 5/8 x 31 1/2in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property from a private collection, Jordan
    Acquired from the Dr Baghdadi auction in Iraq, early 1990's
    Originally presented as a gift from Lorna Selim to her brother in law Nizar and his wife Gunhild

    "She came to Iraq with a good eye and sense of proportion, and she loved what she saw here. You have to love to go good work" - Jewad Selim

    Lorna Selim received a scholarship to study at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London, where she received a diploma in painting and design in 1948. The following year she received an Art Teachers' Diploma (ATD) from the London University Institute of Education. From 1949–50 she taught art at the Tapton House Grammar School, Chesterfield, England. In the UK, she met Jewad Selim and they married in 1950. Returning to Baghdad, Lorna Selim became a member of the Baghdad Modern Art Group, Art Friends Society, and Society of Iraqi Plastic Artists. During the 1950s, she exhibited her work with the Baghdad Modern Art Group and the Pioneers Group. She was an art teacher at Ta'ssisiya School, Baghdad, in 1951, and participated in the Iraqi Pavilion Design for the International Fair held in Damascus in 1954. Along with Mohamed Ghani Hikmet, she supervised the completion of Jewad Selim's Monument of Freedom after his sudden death in 1961.

    She taught drawing and painting at the Girls College in 1961, and the architecture department of the Engineering College, Baghdad University, in 1965. She lives and works in Abergavenny, Wales. Her work is held in collections including Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha.
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