This January Meem Gallery celebrates the start of 2018 with a group exhibition of
modernist Iraqi paintings. Including rare works by Faeq Hassan, Jewad Selim, Dia
Azzawi, Ismail Fattah, Khadem Hayder and Shakir Hassan Al Said, the exhibition
highlights these early masters and second generation pioneer artists, whose
careers continue to influence artists in Iraq and throughout the diaspora.
Highlights include an exceptional example of Jewad Selim's work, a figurative
painting from 1957 in light pastel tones, featuring a female figure in a domestic
setting. This rare work has not been seen publicly in many years, and is
accompanied by an undated work on paper by the same artist.
Another highlight is the early work on board by Ismail Fattah from 1961 - produced
while he was still studying at the Academia di Bella Arti in Rome. Titled "To Lisa
from Ismael" on the reverse in the artists hand, the work features a couple
embracing and shows a rare example of his early style*.