Sadik Kwaish Alfraji (Iraqi, b. 1960)
Sadik Kwaish Alfraji (Iraqi, b. 1960)

Once I Could Fly

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Sadik Kwaish Alfraji (Iraqi, b. 1960)
Once I Could Fly
signed in Arabic (centre right); signed, titled and dated “Sadik Kwaish Alfraji “once, I could fly” 2012’ (on the reverse)
Indian ink, charcoal, oil, rice and printed paper on canvas
86 5/8 x 118 1/8in. (220 x 300cm.)
Executed in 2012
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.

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Lot Essay

Iraqi artist Sadik Alfraji combines art and philosophy as a means of expanding the formulistic and conceptual boundaries of his aesthetic. Much of his work explores the expressionistic intensity of the graphic form, with a focus on the ideas and concepts of human existence. The artist’s mixed media compositions, inhabited by shadowy figures and faceless bodies, speak to the artist’s experience of exile, loss and fragmentation. Once I Could Fly, is part of a series of the same name which features hunched, silhouette-like figures with well-defined heads and limbs, poignantly engaging with the contrasting environment surrounding them.

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