The Kurdish Painter Ashna Abdullah
The Kurdish painter Ashna Abdullah started her career as an experienced woman in the world of art, a world that has no boundaries and no end, and is full of meanings, expressions and beauty of life. A world full of catastrophes and events too like the city of Halabja in Southern Kurdistan. The martyred city is still full of deep unhealed wounds. She was born in 1975 in Halabja Province. She studied elementary and secondary school in the city. Ashna completed the Institute of Fine Arts in Suleimani, department of painting in 1995. She opened her first exhibition in 1998 in Mediya Hall in Hawler. She has her own style and experience regarding the choice of her colors.
Kurdish women, as women all over the world, want to have their own freedom to express their own ideas in their work. Ashna, as a teacher and an employee in the Ministry of Culture, turned her career into achieving this and tried to portray this achievement in her projects. In 1993 to 1999, she participated in women’s exhibition in the Cultural Hall in Suleimani and has also participated in exhibitions abroad in Germany, France, Sweden and Canada.
If you take a look at her paintings, you’ll see many details in the selection of colors which can express the artistic optimism. The bright colors in her work symbolize her ideas and motifs, especially in o rganizing the colors academically and artistically. Overcoming the world of colors has always had its importance, especially in regard to the forms since the academic foundation is the foundation of painting.
Ashna has followed expressionism and realism in her works. All of this goes backs to the full control of art that she has had mastered. As a woman, Ashna takes part in the meetings and conferences and exhibitions in Kurdistan and outside. Living in Germany and the artistic atmosphere there have created a good opportunity for her to continue developing her ability and talent. Her poster works show us closeness between her paintings and posters, especially as she has had joint works of posters in many occasions and anniversaries of Kurdistan. Ashna Abdulla showcases the identity and characteristics of the Kurdish people in her posters and paintings.