Sleman Shakir , the Kurdish Painter
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