Works by Dia Azzawi, Kamal Boullata, Marwan, Mohammed Omar Khalil and the late Rafa Nasriri come together in Arab Print Vol II to celebrate the medium of printmaking. These artists, considered to be Modern Arab masters in their own right, were largely responsible for the development of print-making in the Arab World, and the resurgence of interest among young artists from the region.
Arab rint Vol II aims to highlight different forms of print-making, from etching to aquatint, lithograph to screen-prints. Within the works of Kamal Boullata and Mohammed Omar Khalil – the eye is drawn from sharp lines and graphic geometric design to monochromatic, tonal works in soft hues. Marwan’s masterful etchings bring to mind the early works of Durer, creating lustrous lines of the human form. Artists Dia Azzawi and Rafa Nasiri delve into the world of the abstract and the icon, creating works that are now quintessentially Iraqi in style.