• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7804

    International Modern & Contemporary Art

    27 October 2009, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 3

    Dia Azzawi (Iraqi, b. 1939)

    Disfigured Forms

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    Dia Azzawi (Iraqi, b. 1939)
    Disfigured Forms
    signed and dated in Arabic (lower left); signed and dated 'Dhia Al-Azzawi 1965', and signed, titled and dated in Arabic (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas, diptych
    43½ x 34in. (110.5 x 86.4cm.) overall
    Painted in 1965 (2)

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    Dia Azzawi studied art and archeology at the Faculty of Arts at Baghdad University. With encouragement from Jewad Selim, pioneer of modern Iraqi art, he 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. From the mid-1960s these elements formed the basis of his painting.

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