Tuesday, April 14, 2015

68 ART WORKS - A CENTURY OF IRAQI ART AND MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY MIDDLE EASTERN ART

Artists:
Abdul Kadir Al Rassam, Akram Shukri, Faeq Hassan, Ghazi Saudi, Jewad Selim, Kadhim Hayder, Khaled Al-Jadir, Lorna Selim, Mohammed "Hajji" Selim, Saleh Al-Jumaie, Zaid Salih, Jamil Hamoudi, Ismael Fattah, Dia Azzawi, Rafa Nasiri, Mohammad Mohreddin, Ismael Fattah, Yasin Atia, Iman Ali Khalid, Kahlil Gibran, Shafic Abboud, Louay Kayyali, Salah Abdel Kerim, Reza Derakshani, Sohrab Sepehri, Massoud Arabshahi, Nasser Ovissi, Ahmed Moustafa, Abdel Hadi El-Gazzar, Hussein Fawzi, Farhad Moshiri, Mohammad Ehsai, Farideh Lashai, Khadiga Riad, Inji Efflatoun, Hussein Bicar, Tahia Halim, Salah Taher, Seif Wanly, Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Nasrollah Afjei, Azra Aghighi Bakhsayeshi, Ali Shirazi, Nja Mahdaoui, Tahia Halim, Adel El Siwi, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Hassan Hajjaj, Ali Omar Ermes, Hosni Banani, Georges Hanna Sabbagh, George Bahgory, Mohammad Ehsai, Mahmoud Abdel-Mawgood, Bahram Hanafi, 

Abdul Kadir Al Rassam (Iraq, 1882-1952)
View of Ashra 
oil on canvas, framed
signed "Al Rassam" and dated "1394" (A.H) in Arabic (lower left), titled "View of Ashra" in Arabic (lower right), executed in 1930
61 x 90cm (24 x 35 7/16in).1

Abdul Kadir Al Rassam was a member of the first generation of modern Iraqi painters. He was the pioneer among a group of predominantly amateur artists trained in Istanbul who brought their artistic knowledge back to their home country. This group of "soldier-artists" are widely credited with introducing canvas painting to Iraq at the turn of the century. Working in a realist style, al-Rassam is known for his sweeping landscapes, immaculate portraits, and faithful portrayals of everyday life in Iraq. He is one of the most prominent and prolific painters in Iraq's modern art history and his work heavily influenced the generations that followed. More

Mohammed "Hajji" Selim (Iraq, 1883-1941)
Still Life 
oil on canvas, framed
signed "Hajji Selim" and dated "1941" in Arabic (lower right), executed in 1941
56 x 95cm (22 1/16 x 37 3/8in).

The present work is one of the most well-known examples of early Iraqi modernism painted by Mohammed "Hajji" Selim, father of prominent Iraqi painter Jewad Selim. 

Mohammed Selim was born in Baghdad. His parents were both originally from Mosel in the North of Iraq. Like many individuals from well to do families in Iraq, Selim was educated at the military academy in Istanbul where students encountered Turkish artistic styles of calligraphy and miniature and landscape painting. During the Ottoman reign Selim became an officer in the Ottoman army as well as an amateur artist. More

Akram Shukri (Iraq, 1910-1986)
Abstract Composition 
oil on wood, framed
signed and dated "1962" (lower right), executed in 1962
65 x 48cm (25 9/16 x 18 7/8in).

Akram Shukri is considered one of the most important artists in the development of the Iraqi modern art movement, and although primarily an architect he was the founding member of the Society of Artists and Art Lovers in 1941. This group included important Iraqi artists such as Jawad Selim, Hafiz Droubi and Faik Hassan. Numerous members of this society went on to found other important artist groups; Faik Hassan was the leader of La Societe Primitive which later became known as The Pioneers, and Hafiz Droubi formed a group known as The Baghdad Group of Modern Art. More

Akram Shukri (Iraq, 1910-1986)
Untitled 

oil on boad, framed
signed in Arabic (lower left), executed circa 1950's
56 x 46cm (22 1/16 x 18 1/8in) More

Zaid Salih (Iraq)

Landscape 

oil on board, framed

signed "Zaid" and dated "1930" (lower right), executed in 1930


45 x 40cm (17 11/16 x 15 3/4in).


Jewad Selim (Iraq, 1919-1961)


Lamea 


oil on canvas, framed


executed in 1949 



61 x 46cm (24 x 18 1/8in). More

Depicting the prominent Iraqi poetess Lamea Abbas Amara, the painting, executed in 1949, is one with which Jewad had a well-documented personal connection, and it remained in the artist's collection until his passing, taking part in the landmark "Societe Primitive" exhibition at the Baghdad Fine Arts institute in 1952, where it was photographed alongside Selim and his wife Lorna.
After Jewad's death in 1961 "Lamea" remained with Lorna Selim till 1971, when it was sold into the equally esteemed collection of Iraq's preeminent art critic Jabra Ibrahim Jabra before passing to his family from which it was purchased by the present owner


Lorna Selim (Iraq, born 1928)
Secondary School Street, Baghdad 
ink on paper, framed
signed and dated "1977" in Arabic (lower left)
27 x 80cm (10 5/8 x 31 1/2in).


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. 


Faeq Hassan (Iraq, 1914-1992)
Baghdad Alley 

oil on canvas, framed
signed and dated "1968" in Arabic (lower right), executed in 1969
76 x 64cm (29 15/16 x 25 3/16in). More

Ghazi Saudi (Iraq)

Untitled 

oil on canvas, framed

signed "Ghazi Saudi" and dated "1960" (bottom), executed in 1960


77 x 60cm (30 5/16 x 23 5/8in).

  • "The city of Ghazi al Saudi , today's Baghdad, is the actual place implanted in a time that goes back some eight hundred years. Al Wasiti's illustrations of Maqamat al Hariri have been a constant inspiration for him, not only in his smaller canvases and ceramics, but also in his large frescoes, where he employs the old Arab gold, blue and red with black outlines in the representation of cit-scapes translated into a modern idiom" More

Khaled Al-Jadir (Iraq, 1922-1988)
Untitled (Baghdad) 
oil on canvas, framed
signed "Khaled Al-Jadir" in Arabic (lower right), executed circa 1940's
50 x 40cm (19 11/16 x 15 3/4in).

"He was truly, incontestably the precursor of contemporary expressionist art in Iraq" - Shakir Hassan Al Said

"Khaled Al-Jadir's canvases opt for a naturalism oblivious of current idioms. His themes are people in the street, in the alley, in the market, in the village. They are the poor men and women of daily life with their many children, ungainly
to look at but alive and vigorous. More

Faraj Abou (Iraq, born 1921)
Untitled 
oil on wood, framed
signed with the artists moniker in Arabic (lower left)
35 x 32cm (13 3/4 x 12 5/8in). More

Faik Hussain
Untitled 
gouache on paper, framed
signed "Faik Hussain" and dated "1963" in Arabic (lower left)

22 x 28cm (8 11/16 x 11in). More

Shakir Hassan Al Said (Iraq, 1925-2004)
Figure in Profile 
watercolor on paper
signed and dated in Arabic (lower left), executed in 1951
40 x 29cm (15 3/4 x 11 7/16in).

Published: Farouk Yousif, Al Said/Himat - A Story of the Unseen in Painting, The Arab Institute for Research and Publishing, Amman, 2010

Executed between 1951 and 1952, the following works, although modest in scale, are enormous in magnitude. They were drawn during the foundational year of the Baghdad Group, and are perhaps some of the earliest remnants of the movement's formative period. 

Exhibited in the house of Shaker Hassan Al Said, works such as the Figure in Profile, which was later published and included in his retrospective exhibition at Athar Gallery in 2001, would have witnessed the first coming together of the illustrious Baghdad Group Artists, their speeches, the formulation of their manifesto's and the very first audiences to be afforded a valuable glimpse at this seminal movements artistic output. More

Lorna Selim (Iraq, born 1928)
Three Works on Board 
oil on board, framed
all three panels signed "Lorna" in Arabic, executed in 2000

From Left to Right: 24x30cm, cm 23x31, cm23x28 More

Saleh Al-Jumaie (Iraq, born 1939)
Untitled 
oil on canvas, framed
signed and dated "1968" in Arabic (centre), inscribed "Saleh Al-Jumaie, personal exhibition of 1969, from the collection of Jabra Ibrahim Jabra" in Arabic (verso), executed in 1968
58 x 58cm (22 13/16 x 22 13/16in).

"Saleh al Jumaie is very particular about his medium, which is usually a mixture of metal (mostly aluminium) and acrylic, and through it he continues an old concern with the darkness of the soul from the sorrows of tragic love to the horrors of genocide to which the Palestinians have been subjected for thirty years. The artist's roots, however, are in the archaeological sites of ancient Iraqi cultures: but his contemporary awareness feeds these roots and brings about in his work a haunting mixture of the beautiful and the agonized. His non figurative
almost monochromatic structures are very rarely completely abstract, just as his figurative compositions seem to aspire to the condition of the abstract; both are tense, time-laden, and haunting" - Jabra Ibrahim Jabra. More

Salem Al-Dabbagh (Iraq, born 1941)

Untitled 

oil on canvas, framed

signed in Arabic (lower right), further signed and dated "04" on verso, executed in 2004


90 x 90cm (35 7/16 x 35 7/16in). More

Kadhim Hayder (Iraq, 1932-1985)
Untitled 
oil on canvas, framed
executed circa 1960's
76 x 100cm (29 15/16 x 39 3/8in).

"A elegiac tone has marked the work of Kadhem Haider for some years, ever since he painted a large number of pictures on the martyrdom of Hussein at Karbala, but in a manner quite different from that of Azzawi. For him the religious inspiration of Islam comes through a sense of tragedy, in signs and symbols that he makes his own; horses, helmets, swords, spears, men, women, tents, conspiracies, treacheries - the whole phantasmagoria of ancient battles in a peculiarly personal idiom." Jabra Ibrahim Jabra More

Jamil Hamoudi (Iraq, 1924-2003)
Untitled 
acrylic on board, framed
siged "JAMIL HAMOUDI" and dated "59" in English (bottom left), executed in 1959
65 x 54cm (25 9/16 x 21 1/4in).

"Now calligraphy for the Arab artist was for centuries a major
outlet of creativity: he employed it inventively and in endless modulations
to express a powerful aesthetic impulse often associated with
'spiritual' feelings, largely because most of the phrases thus written
were of a religious nature." Jabra Ibrahim Jabra. More

Ismael Fattah (Iraq, 1934-2004)
Untitled 
acrylic and mixed media on board
signed in Arabic and dated "XX 01", executed in 2001
153 x 122cm (60 1/4 x 48 1/16in).

"With Ismail Fattah who, like Rahal and Ghani, studied in
Rome. –His works are related to his country's experience by virtue of their themes rather than their actual style. His beautiful statue of the great Abbasid poet Abu Nuwas may look like a Gothic Christ, but he knows it. He knows his bronzes owe more to modern sculpture than to Sumer or Assyria. To him, this is a technical point which is no cause for worry as long as he can express his Iraqi themes in a manner related to the present. If his style, which has its emphatic qualities, derives from contemporary [art], his confidence may lie in the fact that [art] in our time derives from a vast mixture of cultures mostly medieval or ancient, and especially middle-eastern" - Jabra Ibrahim Jabra. More

Dia Azzawi (Iraq, born 1939)
Miramar Garden - Mohammedia 
Oil on canvas, framed
signed and dated "Azzawi 94" in English (lower right), titled "Miramar Garden Mohammdia" in English (on the verso), executed in 1994

"These are the colors of the Bedouins, of the desert. Almost all tribes, from Morocco to the Gulf, share a preference for warm colors - reds, oranges, yellows - in contrast to Europe, where pastels are more common. Such colors stand out against the neutral tones of the desert, and, indeed, Bedouins will often surround a black tent with textiles of vibrant colours, as if replicating a garden" - Dia Azzawi. More

Dia Azzawi (Iraq, born 1939)
Susbiro del Moro 
bronze
signed, initialed and dated (on the base) the present work is number four from an edition of seven, executed in 2010
49 x 86cm x 14cm (19 5/16 x 33 7/8in x 5 1/2in)

Rafa Nasiri (Iraq, 1940-2013)
Untitled 
oil and gold-leaf on board
signed and dated "Rafa 04" in English, executed in 2004
120 x 120cm (47 1/4 x 47 1/4in).

"There is a deadly darkness at the moment. Perhaps art can bring light into this darkness. As artists, we only have one means to offer resistance in this tragedy, and that is our creativity. Even if we are surrounded by death and horror, we can put these experiences into our art, and try to find an expression for the suffering. Using art to help strengthen the Iraqi identity, to give our best, to stay on the international level – that is the only true resistance for me." - Rafa Nasiri. More

Mohammad Mohreddin (Iraq, born 1938)
Untitled 
oil on canvas, framed
executed in 1998
70 x 70cm (27 9/16 x 27 9/16in).

"His mainly abstract compositions, done in very
dark colours and often in wooden collage riddled with bullet-holes
and traced in lines suggesting human heads, are disturbing reminders
of what he calls "this strange world." However much it betrays
the Polish influences he has carried with him ever since he studied
in Warsaw, his work is charged with a somberness of statement and
evocation that gives it its consistency. With their forceful stark
idiom, his large paintings are never easy to forget." - Jabra Ibrahim Jabra. More

Ismael Fattah (Iraq, 1934-2004)
Face 
acrylic on paper, framed
signed "Ismael" and dated "2003" in English (lower right), executed in 2003
65 x 52cm (25 9/16 x 20 1/2in).

Yasin Atia (Iraq)
Untitled 
oil on canvas
signed and dated "1997", executed in 1997
196 x 99cm (77 3/16 x 39in).

Iman Ali Khalid (Iraq)
Untitled 
oil on canvas
signed "Iman Ali" in Arabic and dated "89", executed in 1989
100 x 120cm (39 3/8 x 47 1/4in). More

Kahlil Gibran (American, 1883-1931)
Head of a child
pencil and watercolour 
19 x 28cm (7 1/2 x 11in).

"Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.
But you are life and you are the veil
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror
But you are eternity and you are the mirror" 
Kahlil Gibrain  More

Shafic Abboud (Lebanon, 1926-2004)
Untitled 
oil on canvas, framed
signed and dated (on the verso), executed in 1959
70 x 50cm (27 9/16 x 19 11/16in).

"The most difficult part for people to accept is that painting is not a reflection on an object, but something which has been lived, a making. We are involved on the first day that we traced a line and laid down a colour on a surface, and the painter's questioning revolves around these facts. It is from there, that the vanity of believing in a random intervention in the artist's sphere of theories suggested by the outside world, comes from." - Shafic Abboud. More

Louay Kayyali (Syria, 1934-1978)
Portrait of a Lady 
oil on canvas, framed
signed and dated 1962 in Arabic (top right), further signed and dated "Kayali 62" in English (lower right)
95 x 66cm (37 3/8 x 26in).

One of the most sought-after Arab artists of the Modernist era, the late Syrian painter Louayy Kayyali's works have come to represent a crucial era in Middle Eastern art's shift into portraiture and figurative representation during the 1960s and 1970s. Kayyali's iconic late career works, executed in the dark years before his mysterious death in a 1978 house fire, are frequently seen. More

Louay Kayyali (Syria, 1934-1978)
Portrait of a Boy 
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1962 in Arabic (top right), further signed and dated "Kayali 62" in English (lower right)
95 x 46cm (37 3/8 x 18 1/8in). More

Salah Abdel Kerim (Egypt, 1925-1988)
Clara 
oil on canvas, framed
signed and dated "1957"
100 x 75cm (39 3/8 x 29 1/2in).

It was Hussein Bicar who discovered the talent of Salah Abdel Kerim. He made him love painting and taught him the rules of drawing. This encouraged Salah Abdel Kerim to enroll in the Faculty of Fine Arts. There his talent strengthened thanks to renowned professors. He learnt that art is based on both sensitivity and work performance. More

Reza Derakshani (Iran, born 1952)
A Taste of Time 
acrylic on canvas, framed
signed "Reza Derakshani 07" (on the verso), executed in 2007
120 x 230cm (47 1/4 x 90 9/16in).

This beautiful painting is a classic example of the multi-talented and globally celebrated artist, poet, musician and writer Reza Derakshani's complex and spiritually-inclined practise. A dramatic composition, this single canvas invokes Derakshani's fondness for symbolic iconography including trees, leaves, earth and the animal world. Derakshani's delicate use of gold leaf and spindly, expressionist lines of paint delineate a mythic beast that dominates the canvas with its hulking, dark mass. More

Sohrab Sepehri (Iran, 1928-1980)
Untitled (Abstract Flora and Fauna) 
oil on canvas, framed
signed in Farsi (lower right), executed in 1975
100 x 100cm

In its grace, naturalism, and sophistication, it is a work utterly faithful to the tenets of Sepehri's oeuvre; demonstrating an almost perfect confluence of Sepehri's strong representational impulse propelled by his love of the vernacular of Kashan and the more opaque abstraction inherited from the Eastern painting traditions he was so fluently versed in. More

Massoud Arabshahi (Iran, born 1935)
Untitled 
oil on canvas, framed
executed circa 1975
88 x 115cm (34 5/8 x 45 1/4in). More

Nasser Ovissi (Iran, born 1934)
Nude Woman and Horse 
oil on canvas, framed
signed "Nasser Ovissi" in English and Farsi (lower left), executed circa 1975
92 x 129cm (36 1/4 x 50 13/16in). More

Ahmed Moustafa (Egyptian, born 1943)
Still Life 
oil on canvas, framed
signed and dated in English (lower left), executed in 1972
110 x 90cm (43 5/16 x 35 7/16in).

Executed in 1972, the present painting is a rare example of Dr Ahmed Moustafa's early work, demonstrating a highly refined and exceptionally modern take on the still-life genre. More

Abdel Hadi El-Gazzar (Egypt, 1925-1965)
Portrait of a Girl 
pastel on paper, framed
signed "El Gazzar" in English (bottom), executed circa 1960
34 x 25cm (13 3/8 x 9 13/16in).

"El Gazzar mixed with the inhabitants of his area. He closely watched the behavior and beliefs of the dervishes, professional magicians and charlatans. He also mixed with their followers who found solace in this milieu redolent of burning incense, the blood of sacrificial animals and the murmering of prayers.
He listened to myths and tales passed on from generation to generation. He was deeply attracted to myths and their legendary heroes and knew the symbols which were nearer to the world of the absurd than to real life. He attended boisterous festivities at which votive offerings, ritual circumcising and embodied illusions were prominent features. He brought for this depth into his paintings, displaying a blend of spiritual and scientific elements. More

Abdel Hadi El-Gazzar (Egypt, 1925-1965)
Untitled (From the Scientific Progress Series) 
india ink on paper, framed
signed "El Gazzar" in English and Arabic, dated 1964 (lower right), executed in 1964
36 x 27cm (14 3/16 x 10 5/8in). More

Hussein Fawzi (Egypt, 1905-1999)
Hunger 
ink on paper, framed
signed and dated "1934" (lower left), executed in 1934
35 x 20cm (13 3/4 x 7 7/8in).

Born in Helmia district, Cairo on 4 September 1905, El Hussein Fawzi was known in Egypt and the Middle East for his pioneering work in the field of journalistic graphic arts. 
For two decades (1950 - 1970) he was a renowned book and press graphic illustrator. His illustrations were seen on magazine covers of Akher Saa, El Risala El Gedida and the child magazine Ali Baba. 
He was also the illustrator for many writings such as, the stories of Youssef El Sebai, El Gumhuria series "Omar Makram's Life" - which ran in 340 daily episodes - and for Naguib Mahfouz's novel Awlad Haretna, published in series in Al Ahram. More

Farhad Moshiri (Iran, born 1963)
ﺁ (Alef) 
oil on canvas, framed
signed "Farhad Moshiri", titled "ﺁ" and dated "1381" in Farsi, and "2002" in English (on the verso), executed in 2002
107 x 191cm (42 1/8 x 75 3/16in).

Having completed his studies at the distinguished California Institute of Arts, Moshiri returned to his native Iran with a distinctly occidental artistic sensibility, experimenting with sound art, assemblages and new media. Moshiri sees his initial time in Iran as a developmental stage within his artistic progression, when his raw and capricious aesthetic temperaments were yet to be cogently anchored in any identifiable conceptual or visual agenda. More

Mohammad Ehsai (Iran, born 1939)
Yaquin Al Saqi (Absolute Certainty) 
oil on canvas, framed
signed and dated "1387" in Farsi (lower left), executed in 2008
203cm x 143cmcm (79 15/16 x 56 5/16in).

Mohammad Ehsai is undoubtedly one of the most gifted calligraphers to emerge from Iran within the past century. Utterly devoted to the perfection of his craft, Ehsai has married the technical finesse of his formal training within a modern visual schema.
Traditional Persian calligraphy has historically been rife with ornament and embellishment; with calligraphic texts often accompanied by miniature paintings, encased in cartouches and flanked by a myriad of geometrical and floral motifs. Ehsai's approach to the craft, however, is markedly divergent, and in choosing the pure architecture of the Persian letterform as his principal subject matter, he relinquishes the visual excess of traditional manuscript art. More

Farideh Lashai (Iran, 1944-2013)
Untitled (Still Life) 
oil on canvas, framed
executed in 2013
150 x 100cm (59 1/16 x 39 3/8in).

Farideh Lashai is remembered as one of the most talented and successful artists to have emerged from within Iran in recent decades. Meticulous, erudite and supremely perceptive, her work is characterized by a mastery of the painterly aesthetic, using the visual vocabulary of abstract and lyrical expressionism in depiction of ethereal natural landscapes, allegorical compositions, and colour fields. More

Khadiga Riad (Egypt, born 1914)
Untitled 
oil on board, framed
signed and dated 1974 in English (lower right), executed in 1974
41 x 55cm (16 1/8 x 21 5/8in).

Khadiga Riad was the daughter of Hamed El Alaily and grand daughter of Ahmed Chawki, born in 1914 in Cairo, Egypt, studied at the Mere de Dieu college and from 1950 to 1954. She is regarded as Egypt's foremost female surrealist. More

Inji Efflatoun (Egypt, 1924-1984)
The Dye Workers 
oil on canvas, framed
bearing the artists stamp on the verso, executed circa 1950's
50 x 61cm (19 11/16 x 24in). More

Inji Efflatoun (Egypt, 1924-1984)
Landscape 
oil on canvas, framed
signed "Inji Efflatoun" and dated "82" (bottom left), executed in 1982
60 x 60cm (23 5/8 x 23 5/8in). More

Hussein Bicar (Egypt, 1913-2002)
The Rebab Player 
oil on canvas, framed
signed and dated "98" in Arabic (bottom right), executed in 1998 
70 x 50cm (27 9/16 x 19 11/16in).

"The painting is by the late artist Husain Bikar (1913-2002) entitled "The Rebab Player and the Bird", measurements 50 x 70cm, oil on canvas, signed in the bottom left and dated 98, in good condition. The painting is an authentic work by Hussein Bicar from his Nubia collection which he started painting in the second half of the 1980's. He had already drawn a quick coloured sketch of the painting which is illustrated in Subhi al-Sharuni's book on Bikar published by Dar al-Shuruq in 2002, page 114." - Esmat Dawastashy. More

Tahia Halim (Egypt, 1919-2003)
Le Ciel Les Soleil Noire 
oil on wood, framed
executed circa 1950's
33 x 48cm (13 x 18 7/8in). More

Salah Taher (Egypt, 1911-2007)
Nubian Face 
oil on paper, framed
signed "S.TAHER" in English (lower right)
45 x 32cm (17 11/16 x 12 5/8in). More

Seif Wanly (Egypt, 1906-1979)
View of Maks - Alexandria 
oil on board, framed
signed "Seif" in English (lower left), signed in monumental writing on the verso and dated "1966" (in Arabic), executed in 1966
49 x 70cm (19 5/16 x 27 9/16in).

Seif was was one of the seminal instigators of Egyptian Modernism after studying at the studio of the Italian Artist Otorino Becchi. He also studied at Hassan Kamel school (Social Fine Art Association in Alexandria) and attained the Honorary PhD in Art from the Fine Art Academy in Egypt. More

Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iran, born 1937)
SAT + HE + SAT acrylic and mineral pigment on canvas, framed
signed in English and Farsi, and dated "1973" in English (bottom centre), executed in 1973
214 x 132cm (84 1/4 x 51 15/16in).

Charles Hossein Zenderoudi is one of Iran's most accomplished modern artists, and as a founding father of the highly influential Saqqa Khaneh movement, has been a pioneering figurehead of Iranian neo-traditionalism. More

Charles Hossein Zenderoudi (Iran, born 1937)
AZIMECH acrylic on canvas, framed
signed "Hossein Zenderoudi" and dated "86" (lower left), executed in 1986
118 x 100cm (46 7/16 x 39 3/8in). More

Nasrollah Afjei (Iran, born 1933)
Untitled 
ink on canvas, framed
executed in 2012
90 x 90cm (35 7/16 x 35 7/16in). More

Azra Aghighi Bakhsayeshi
Untitled 
oil on canvas
executed in 2009
147 x 297cm (57 7/8 x 116 15/16in). More

Ali Shirazi (Iran, born 1959)
Untitled 
acrylic on canvas
executed in 2014
180 x 180cm (70 7/8 x 70 7/8in) More

Nja Mahdaoui (Tunisia, born 1937)
Untitled 
ink and metallic pen on paper, framed
executed in 2009
140 x 140cm (55 1/8 x 55 1/8in). More

Tahia Halim (Egypt, 1919-2003)
Monestary - Wadi El Natrun 
signed "T.Halim" (lower left), accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Alexandria
oil on board, More

Adel El Siwi (Egypt, born 1952)
Untitled 
oil on canvas, framed
signed and dated 2014
140 x 120cm (55 1/8 x 47 1/4in). More

Tarek Al-Ghoussein (Palestine, born 1962 )
D Series Untitled 9 
Digitl inkjet print, framed100cm x 150cm (39 3/8 x 59 1/16in).

'It's about looking at a space - how one relates to a space and how that space defines a person too,' says Palestinian-Kuwaiti artist, photographer and academic, Tarek al Ghoussain. 
Long considered amongst the most progressive and engaged photographers at work in the Middle East today, al Ghossein's intellectually-engaged and visually powerful imagery addresses the duality of his ethnic identity as the son of displaced Palestinians, growing up in the Gulf.
Much of al Ghossein's work deals with the intangibility of his Palestinian heritage. Placing the notion of a state, real in a collective consciousness yet ethereal in the world, he places himself in his works which becomes documentary artifacts of his active performances. More

Hassan Hajjaj (Morocco, born 1961), 2008
Saida 
Lambda Print, Wooden Frame With Kohl Packaging
signed, titled and dated "2000" on the verso, numbered "Artists Aproval 1/2", the present work is an artists proof
92cm x 64cmcm (36 1/4 x 25 3/16in).

  • A wonderful example of Moroccan-born photographer Hassan Hajjaj's pop art sourced from the souks and alleyways of modern day Morocco, 'Saida' represents this idiosyncratic artist's continuing fascination with notions of identity and representation. Appropriating and re-contextualising traditional 'Orientalist' views of women, Hajjaj playfully subverts the tropes and clichés of the Islamic world. More

Ali Omar Ermes (Libya, born 1945)
Ya 
arcylic and gouache on paper
80 x 117cm (31 1/2 x 46 1/16in). More

Ali Omar Ermes (Libya, born 1945)
Hou 
arcylic and gouache on paper
x 100cm (70 x 39 3/8in). More

Ali Omar Ermes (born 1945)
HH 
arcylic and gouache on paper
70 x 100cm (27 9/16 x 39 3/8in). More

Hosni Banani (Egypt, 1912-1989)
Nude 
oil on canvas, executed in 1965
40 x 30cm (15 3/4 x 11 13/16in). More

Georges Hanna Sabbagh (Egypt, 1877-1951)
Untitled 
oil on board, 
signed "GEORGES SABBAGH" and dated "1945", executed in 1945
45 x 59cm (17 11/16 x 23 1/4in). More

George Bahgory (Egypt, born 1932)
Untitled 
oil on canvas, framed
executed in 1975
130 x 170cm (51 3/16 x 66 15/16in). More

Mohammad Ehsai (Iran, born 1939)
Untitled (Allah) 
acrylic and gold-leaf on board
framed
70 x 50cm (27 9/16 x 19 11/16in). More

Mahmoud Abdel-Mawgood (Egypt, born 1970)
Untitled 
oil on canvas, 
executed in 2014
60 x 84cm (23 5/8 x 33 1/16in). More

Bahram Hanafi (Iran, born 1966)
Untitled 
acrylic on canvas,
executed in 2014
150 x 98cm (59 1/16 x 38 9/16in). More