The Kurdish Painter Dlawar Umer
The drawing of General Barzani
Dlawar Umer is one of the artists who have developed portrait drawings, printing and painting. He has an artistic workshop and works for companies and institutions. When Dlawar started working with design, he moved deeper in his work to an extent that he uses every modern techniques and inventions in his art.
Unfortunately, I searched a lot for the biography of this Kurdish artist who’s from West Kurdistan but could not find much. Certainly, his works reflect Kurdish culture and color. It seems that Dlawar does not care much about his biography as he does about his works and inventions. My profound study of his works, color, style and themes points definately at the culture of Syrian Kurdistan.
The drawing of General Barzani who’s the symbol of freedom in both Kurdistan and abroad is the work that made the world get acquainted with the Kurdish culture and peaceful politics.
Although Dlawar Umer is taking more interest in portrait and printing art than any other works, he’s known too for his Kurdish themes painted in warm colors. When you talk about color in painting, you should also talk about the geography and the climate of the area an artist comes from. For example, the atmosphere in the Scandinavian countries, due to the cold and foggy weather, affects the artists in choosing cold colors. An artist from Kurdistan uses more warm colors due to the warm weather of course. In Dlawar’s works, the reflections of Kurdish folklore, culture and colors are quite visible.
Relating to form in his works, Dlawar many times is inspired by the schools of 20th century artists, as it could be seen in (Zhwan) painting, in which the styles of Monet, Matisse and Renwar are combined. Dlawar utilizes different kinds of forms from these various painters. This shows his talent and the richness in what he is doing.