The Kur­dish Painter Azad Shawqi (1929 – 2002)

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Ashti Garmiyani

Cap­tion/ Draw­ing of Na­ture of Kur­dis­tan The Kur­dish painter Azad Shawqi was born in 1929 in Hawler. He com­pleted his stud­ies at the In­sti­tu­tions of Fine Arts in Bagh­dad in 1955. He had many one-man shows and joint exhibitions in Kur­dis­tan, Iraq and abroad, for ex­am­ple in Beirut in 1965.

Moun­tains, rivers, vil­lages, birds, the vast plains, forests, flow­ers and the beauty of the Kur­dish land­scapes have been the main themes of his works. Azad used his own spe­cial tech­nique and style. He com­bines re­al­ism and ex­pres­sion­ism with his use of warm bright colours. His paint­ings give the viewer a spir­i­tual en­joy­ment. They are real amuse­ment to the eyes. This he achieves through the jux­ta­po­si­tion of the warm col­ors from his pal­ette. Azad is very much in­flu­enced by the Kur­dish ex­pe­ri­ence, psy­che and soul.

Warm col­ors dom­i­nate Azad's works. It is an im­pres­sion he got it from the na­ture of Kur­dis­tan that is warm and in­spir­ing. The artist mainly used acrylic to ex­press his feel­ings and thoughts.

Liv­ing in the city of Sule­mani rep­re­sents a spe­cial sta­tion in the life of the painter, es­pe­cially as he worked there as a teacher of arts for sev­eral years and was one the prom­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties in the city.

Azad Shawqi was a painter who was fre­quently writ­ten about in Kur­dish, Ara­bic and English news­pa­pers.

Azad suf­fered for a long time from a dis­ease which even­tu­ally killed him on Au­gust 9, 2002.

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