Wednesday, June 24, 2015

18 Works by MOHAMMED AL-SHAMMAREY, Iraqi American Artist

"Handle With Care", 2011. Archival photograph on canvas, 17.5 x 54 inches.
MOHAMMED AL-SHAMMAREY, born in Baghdad, Iraq, 1962; is a self-taught artist. He is a member of the UNESCO International Association for Plastic Arts (AIAP), the Iraqi Artist Association, and the Iraqi Society of Plastic Artists. His work has been exhibited in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, including the 9th Cairo International Biennale, 2003–2004; the Frankfurt International Book Fair, 2004 and 2005; and Imagining the Book International Biennial, Alexandria Library, Egypt, 2005. In 2004, he received an award from the Festival of Mediterranean People, Bisceglie, Italy, and in 2003, the prize of Arab Pioneers from the Arab Pioneers Festival under the patronage of the Arab League. His body of work comprises video art, photography, book art, painting, and sculpture. He currently lives in the United States. More


Handle with Care 1 2013, 
112cm x 92cm 
Giclee Print

Mohammed Al Shammarey’s work focuses on the humanistic elements of Islamic philosophy.

"Traditional White" 2013
Archival print on cold-pressed watercolor paper
41 x 33 inches.

Shammarey’s works have been heavily influenced by the literature and poetry of the Middle East, particularly the writings of the Persian poet Rumi and the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, as well as the Mesopotamian Gilgamesh epic.

"Longing III", 2011. 
Photograph on archival paper, 
30 x 24 inches.

‘Without.’ This word anticipates a hotheaded young man emphatically stating: “Without love! Yes, how can we live life without love!” For a man of my age, and I am fifty and come from a country that makes one’s hair white quite prematurely, love is luck or a coincidence one chances upon.

Darwish 
giclee printed on Epson Velvet fine art watercolour paper 
43 3/8 x 35 3/8in. (110 x 90cm.) 

Love is a state for which I don’t prepare even as I hope for it. I will be content with another word befitting a man of fifty, destined for the pathology of loneliness, feelings of nonchalance and fear of the future. It is a word I always felt intuitively without grasping: Yearning!
"Majority of One (Red)," 
112X140cm, 2014.

There are numerous practices and desires such as these in my Islamic culture but they are based on experiments in meditation and discipline, some of which are harsh, others requiring constant journey, solitude, asceticism, and a non-recognition of any temporal authority and the dedication of one’s soul to Allah alone.”
Two Works, Unidentified Man, 2008, Unidentified Woman, 2008
mixed media on canvas
each 8.8’ x 4.25’

Untitled
Giclee printed image on acid-free Epson Cold Press Bright White Paper,
 71 x 58 cm, 
2014 

Untitled
Giclee printed image on acid-free Epson Cold Press Bright White Paper,
 71 x 58 cm, 
2014 

Maqam - White 2012, 
112cm x 92cm 
Giclee Print

Maqam - Black 2012
112cm x 92cm 
Giclee Print 

Maqam
Black & White 
2012, 
112cm x 92cm 
Giclee Print

Maqam - Red 2 
2012
70cm x 56cm 
Giclee Print 

Maqam - Red Tribesmen 1 
2012, 
56cm x 146cm 
Giclee Print

Untitled (1997)
Mixed Media on Wood
79 * 120 cm

Shrine (Maqam)
Dimensions:  39.75 X 53.75 in (100.96 X 136.52 cm)
Medium:  Giclee print and acrylic on canvas
Creation Date:  2010
Signed

Self-portrait, 2010
Giclee printed on canvas
39.37 x 78.74 in (100 x 200 cm)

Untitled (1997)
Mixed Media on Wood
79 * 79 cm