Dia Azzawi (Iraq, born 1939) Sumeriayat

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Lot 25*
Dia Azzawi
(Iraq, born 1939)
Sumeriayat

Sold for £ 35,000 (US$ 46,653) inc. premium
Dia Azzawi (Iraq, born 1939)
Sumeriayat
oil on canvas, framed
signed and dated "1968" in Arabic (lower right), executed in 1968, inscribed "A present on the occasion of our marriage from Dia Azzawi and later a present to Hajer" by Mohammad Ghani, on the verso
84 x 64cm (33 1/16 x 25 3/16in).

Footnotes

  • """"""""""""As a young man studying archaeology, I encountered the ancient art of the Middle East - Sumerian sculptures, Assyrian reliefs and others - all of which heavily influenced my work, and continue to do so today."""""""""""""" - Dia Azzawi

    Provenance:
    Property from a private collection, Middle East
    Formerly in the private collection of Mohammad Ghani Hikmat
    Presented as a wedding gift by Dia Azzawi to the sculptor Mohammad Ghani Hikmet


    Azzawi's abiding love and respect for the tonal characteristics of the natural world and for ancient Iraqi imagery shines through in this important early work, which echoes the formal approach and inimitable style of the 'New Vision' school of painting he would come to found in 1969. Here, he foregrounded the use of bold outlines, attention to detail, mixed with Iraqi motifs and improvisational emotive gestures.

    Presented as a wedding gift from Azzawi to the renowned sculptor Mohammad Ghani Hikmat, the painting has a illustrious provenance to match its aesthetic pedigree.

    Dia Azzawi is internationally recognized as one of the pioneers of modern Arab art. Over the span of a 40-year career, Azzawi has explored subjects ranging from the political to the ancient history of Iraq, through painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, and book art. He lives and works in London but continues to derive inspiration from his homeland, Iraq.

    With exhibitions of his work held worldwide, his art features in the collections of some of the world's most prestigious museums and institutions. He is also regarded, in the tumultuous post-conflict climate of 2000s Iraq, considered to be the ultimate authority on modernist and contemporary art from the region.
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