The Kurdish Painter Azad Shawqi (1929 – 2002)
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.