The Kurdish Painter Ali Jola (1940-
The Kurdish painter Ali Jola was born in 1940 in the city of Suleimani. He completed his academic and art study in Baghdad. He’s one of the leading artists that has a long history in the Kurdish painting. He’s always had presence in art activities and exhibitions in Kurdistan. He’s been a skillful teacher during his long life. He’s brought up many students like me in the country. He was obsessed with establishing the Institute of Fine Arts in Suleimani in 1980 and 1981. Actually a group of teachers decided to unite and achieve the idea of a new horizon for this country which was establishing the first Institute of Fine Arts in Sueimani, in Hawara Barza area. Mr. Ali Jola became the dean of the Institute.
If we have a look at the works and activities of this great artist, we will see that he’s left his fingerprint in all art activities, especially in the exhibitions across Kurdistan. One of the characteristics of his works is his inspiration from the Kurdish cultural and folklore. His compositions reflect this reality which is exclusively about what is Kurdish. Ali Jola’s works and style are so recognizable and can be easily distinguished in any exhibition. Ali Jola has utilized water-color, oil and produced graphic works as well. The sophism of his subjects is so deep that one would perceive the context of the subjects so perfectly. His art technique is the realistic and expressionist school that has special familiarity among intellectuals. The artist often wants to describe the sufferings of the Kurdish people, especially the catastrophe of devastating the Kurdish culture, taking away the Kurdish identity, demolishing the villages, bombardment of Halabja with chemical weapons, and the campaigns of Anfal. He’s painted many paintings about displaced and forcefully evicted people in Kurdistan. The myths and stories in the mountains, constitute a rich archive regarding the Kurdish tragic history. He’s participated in exhibitions abroad too especially in France, Germany, Austria and Sweden. Ali Jola has brought up thousands of painters in Kurdistan who are now active and consider themselves as students of this great artist.
The Wail of the Kurdish Dance