Sle­man Shakir , the Kur­dish Painter

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The Kur­dish painter Sle­man Shakir was born in 1937 in Gwer sub-dis­trict (Hawler Prov­ince) in South­ern Kur­dis­tan. He’s one of the lead­ing painters in the Kur­dish art. He gained his fame due to the spe­cial char­ac­ter­is­tics of his works. Sle­man Shakir has par­tic­i­pated in many exhibitions and art ac­tiv­i­ties both at home and abroad. The sig­nif­i­cance of Sle­man Shakir’s works is that he’s pre­sented the Kur­dish art and cul­ture tan­gi­bly. When one talks about the ar­chive of the Kur­dish paint­ing Sle­man Shakir is an avant garde fig­ure that can­not be by­passed. Shakir has lived a long life show­ing the beauty of the Kur­dish na­ture in his own spe­cial colours. When we look at his life­long artis­tic ac­tiv­ity, we dis­cover that not only ac­tive paint­ing was his main mis­sion but he has also helped many young artists to de­velop and learn about art. He grad­u­ated from the In­sti­tu­tion of Fine Arts in Bagh­dad in 1957. Sle­man Shakir was in­flu­enced by the ma­jor western art schools. We can eas­ily no­tice such in­flu­ences in his paint­ings.

When we have a look at the de­tails of Sle­man Shair’s works, we un­der­stand that he’s tried to present his mo­tifs and themes in an aca­demic and re­al­is­tic style of­ten us­ing light col­ors. He has used many ma­te­ri­als and tech­niques dur­ing his car­rier. Moun­tains of Kur­dis­tan, ci­ties, towns and plains dur­ing the four sea­sons are some of the sub­jects of his pic­tures. In ad­di­tion, the suf­fer­ing and the tragedies that have be­fallen the Kur­dish peo­ple also oc­cupy a large space in his works.

Shakir Sle­man has had many of his own exhibitions and taken part in many joint shows in ci­ties like Kirkuk, Sle­many, Duhok, Koya, and Bagh­dad and even abroad in Poland and Ja­pan.

Shakir Sle­man turned part of his house to a gallery on June 18, 2007 in or­der to pre­serve and show his works of art for his au­di­ence pe­ma­nently.

Ner­giz forsh (The Seller of Nar­cis­sus)1973

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