The Kur­dish Painter Ab­dul­Rah­man Wa­heed Gilho

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Ashti Garmiyani

The Kur­dish painter, Ab­dul­Rah­man Wa­heed Gilho was born in 1954 in Duhok prov­ince. He’s a well-known painter whose works are known by in­tel­lec­tu­als and art fans since the 1970s. He’s been a good teacher in his field and he’s brought up many stu­dents. He’s had par­tic­i­pated in many ex­hi­bi­tions in Duhok, Hawler, Sueimani and Bagh­dad. His one-man shows have al­ways been living ex­am­ples of the Kur­dish cul­ture and life. Ab­dul­Rah­man has been very ac­tive when it comes to artis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties and seminars in his beloved Duhok.

If we look at Mr. Galho’s works, we un­der­stand that learn­ing the ba­sic aca­demic prin­ci­ples of drawing has been his first step in his ca­reer. Then he moved to­wards a more mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary artis­tic style. Wa­heed Gilho has ex­per­i­mented with dif­fer­ent tech­niques and forms. The mo­tifs of his works are de­rived from the Kur­dish life, cul­ture, myths, and sto­ries of a peo­ple who have suf­fered a lot. The Kurds have been re­silient and bravely faced those chal­lenges. They have pre­served what they are known for: tol­er­ance, per­se­ver­ance, their gen­er­ous at­ti­tudes to­wards oth­ers and their be­lief in hu­man­ity.

In the be­gin­ning, Ab­dul­rah­man learned how to draw real­is­ti­cally, and then he ex­per­i­mented with wa­ter colors, acrylic and fi­nally oil colours. He com­bines both cold and warm colours like yel­low, red, or­ange, green and blue to por­tray the Kur­dish tra­di­tional clothes of which the Kurds are very proud.

The images in Wa­heed Gilho's works re­flect the fact that he has had his share of the catas­tro­phes that hap­pened to the Kur­dish peo­ple. His works wit­ness the suf­fer­ings and agony of his peo­ple. Geno­cide is as­so­ci­ated with the word KURD. This has cap­tured Gilho's fan­tasy and imag­i­na­tion to paint pic­tures that mir­ror that bit­ter re­al­ity.

Ab­dul­Rah­man is like a living ar­chive show­ing the iden­tity and good qual­ity of the Kur­dish mod­ern art.

First Cap­tion:Sec­ond Cap­tion: A por­trait of a lady dressed in Kur­dish clothes

A Kur­dish cul­tural art work

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