The Kurdish Painter Hassan Fatah
The Kurdish artist and painter Hassan Fatah Rasool was born in Erbil. He completed primary and secondary schools in the city and was admitted at Institute of Fine Arts’ department of painting in 1995 and has his diploma in art in 2000. He completed the academy of Fine Arts in Sulaimani in 2006. He’s one of the active youths who has 48 contributions and participation in the general exhibitions in Kurdistan, Lebanon, USA, Europe, Turkey and Iran. He’s now living in Australia and is studying for his MA in West Australia University.
Rasool’s foundation was important in his work, as he said in an interview with SBS radio: “I went into art through the art perspective of cartoons during childhood and adolescence. So I achieved that hobby in 1995”. He then chose realism for drawing the mountains of Kurdistan and the sufferings of the people and the tragedies they’ve undergone, most recently depicting the tragedy in Shingal. He is currently working on a project that commemorates Kurdish Anfal at West Australia University for his first exhibition.
Working with mediums such as oil and water are the methods he gained from his teachers and Kurdish artists such as Aziz Saleem and Sulaiman Shakir, and world artists such as Mero who have inspired him for stepping into the world of art and digging deep into it. Hassan Fatah wants to decorate his drawings with the bright colors of nature of Kurdistan to show the Kurdish culture and art to the world through his drawings. He has brought into his own life the character and philosophy of the world artists such as Salvador Dally, Pablo Picasso and Clemente.
Rasool also plans to help Australia recognize the genocide and other crimes committed against Ezidi Kurds.