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We can't wait to welcome you all to the 4th Konooz a week from today, here we are at the last one! #throwbackthursday @ihsanalkhateb⠀
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Magdy Elkafrawy, Egypt⠀⠀
"The coffee reader"⠀⠀
Acrylic on canvas⠀⠀
Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough Knightsbridge⠀⠀
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He has participated in more than 300 group exhibitions and 14 solo exhibitions. ⠀⠀
He is an Egyptian artist who believes the grandest thing in the universe is the human being and the grandest in the human being is the soul. Hence he is occupied in his works by capturing this soul in its different forms. His canvases always include individuals, and in particular women, which represent to him a transparent container of the soul. Through the faces of women he captures the different status of the soul, its reactions, values, problems and deepest secrets. ⠀⠀
Magdy Elkafrawy is occupied by the classical composition of the canvas as his colours interact in harmony and balance. He is fond of playing with tones or levels of the same colour, to the extent one might view the one canvas is a display of different tones of the same colour. He also manipulated his favourite colour material - oil - to be malleable and change from its normal coarse nature to the smoothness of watercolours. ⠀⠀
The shadows and light in his works change by the change of the light entries and affect the tone of colour. ⠀⠀
Decoration also has a prominent place in his works. If individuals are the soul of the canvas, the decoration is the geography of the soul, its history, places and stories of abundant details which tell you a new story every time you look at it. 
#egypt #acrylicart #acrylic #painting⠀⠀
Magdy Elkafrawy, Egypt⠀⠀ "The coffee reader"⠀⠀ Acrylic on canvas⠀⠀ Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough  Knightsbridge⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ He has participated in more than 300 group exhibitions and 14 solo exhibitions. ⠀⠀ He is an Egyptian artist who believes the grandest thing in the universe is the human being and the grandest in the human being is the soul. Hence he is occupied in his works by capturing this soul in its different forms. His canvases always include individuals, and in particular women, which represent to him a transparent container of the soul. Through the faces of women he captures the different status of the soul, its reactions, values, problems and deepest secrets. ⠀⠀ Magdy Elkafrawy is occupied by the classical composition of the canvas as his colours interact in harmony and balance. He is fond of playing with tones or levels of the same colour, to the extent one might view the one canvas is a display of different tones of the same colour. He also manipulated his favourite colour material - oil - to be malleable and change from its normal coarse nature to the smoothness of watercolours. ⠀⠀ The shadows and light in his works change by the change of the light entries and affect the tone of colour. ⠀⠀ Decoration also has a prominent place in his works. If individuals are the soul of the canvas, the decoration is the geography of the soul, its history, places and stories of abundant details which tell you a new story every time you look at it. #egypt  #acrylicart  #acrylic  #painting ⠀⠀
Shakir Hassan Al Said, Iraq⠀
Untitled⠀
Oil colour on paper⠀
Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough Knightsbridge⠀
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Born in Samawa, Al Said lived, worked and died in Bagdad. He received in 1948 a degree in social science from the Higher Institute of Teachers in Baghdad and in 1954 a diploma in painting from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad where he was taught by Jawad Saleem. He continued his studies at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris until 1959, where he was taught by Raymond Legueult. During his stay in Paris, he discovered Western modern art in galleries and Sumerian art at the Louvre. After his return to Baghdad in 1959, Al Said studied the work of Yahya ibn Mahmud al-Wasiti, sufism and Mansur Al-Hallaj. He gradually abandoned figurative expressions and centered his compositions on Arabic calligraphy.⠀
He co-founded in 1951 with Jawad Saleem Jama'et Baghdad lil Fann al-Hadith (Baghdad Modern Art Group), one of the most unusual arts movements in the Middle East in the post–World War II, that aimed to achieve an artistic approach both modern and embracing of tradition. This specific approach was called Istilham al-turath (Seeking inspiration from tradition), considered as "the basic point of departure, to achieve through modern styles, a cultural vision". He headed the group after the death of Saleem in 1961.⠀
In 1971, he founded Al Bu'd al Wahad (the One-dimension Group)", which promoted the modern calligraphic school in Arab art.⠀
His work is collected by major museums, such as Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, the Guggenheim in New York, and Sharjah Art Museum.⠀
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#iraq #painting #oilpainting #oiloncanvas⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Shakir Hassan Al Said, Iraq⠀ Untitled⠀ Oil colour on paper⠀ Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough  Knightsbridge⠀ ⠀ Born in Samawa, Al Said lived, worked and died in Bagdad. He received in 1948 a degree in social science from the Higher Institute of Teachers in Baghdad and in 1954 a diploma in painting from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad where he was taught by Jawad Saleem. He continued his studies at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris until 1959, where he was taught by Raymond Legueult. During his stay in Paris, he discovered Western modern art in galleries and Sumerian art at the Louvre. After his return to Baghdad in 1959, Al Said studied the work of Yahya ibn Mahmud al-Wasiti, sufism and Mansur Al-Hallaj. He gradually abandoned figurative expressions and centered his compositions on Arabic calligraphy.⠀ He co-founded in 1951 with Jawad Saleem Jama'et Baghdad lil Fann al-Hadith (Baghdad Modern Art Group), one of the most unusual arts movements in the Middle East in the post–World War II, that aimed to achieve an artistic approach both modern and embracing of tradition. This specific approach was called Istilham al-turath (Seeking inspiration from tradition), considered as "the basic point of departure, to achieve through modern styles, a cultural vision". He headed the group after the death of Saleem in 1961.⠀ In 1971, he founded Al Bu'd al Wahad (the One-dimension Group)", which promoted the modern calligraphic school in Arab art.⠀ His work is collected by major museums, such as Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, the Guggenheim in New York, and Sharjah Art Museum.⠀ ⠀ #iraq  #painting  #oilpainting  #oiloncanvas ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀
"There is no greater harm than that of time wasted" Michelangelo⠀
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#MotivationMonday #MondayMorning #quote #inspiration #motivation #MondayMotivation #monday #quoteoftheday #wisdom #art
Nazeha Salim, Iraq⠀
"Buy the bride ring"⠀
Oil on canvas⠀
Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough Knightsbridge⠀
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Naziha Salim (1927-15 February 2008) was an Iraqi artist and painter described by the country’s president Jalal Talabani as “the first Iraqi woman who anchored the pillars of Iraqi contemporary art. ⠀
Naziha Salim was born into a family of Iraqi artists living in Turkey. Her father was a painter while her brother, Jawad Salim, has been cited as one of Iraq’s most important modern sculptors. In the 1940s she graduated from the Baghdad Fine Arts Institution and continued her education in Paris. In the 1960s Salim returned to the Fine Arts Institute as a teacher and remained at the school until her retirement in the 1980s.⠀
Naziha Salim suffered a stroke In 2003, which left her paralysed. She lived for another five years. dying in Baghdad at the age of 81. President Jalal Talabani called her death a “big loss to Iraqi art and culture.”⠀
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#iraq  #painting #oilpainting #oiloncanvas⠀⠀⠀
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Nazeha Salim, Iraq⠀ "Buy the bride ring"⠀ Oil on canvas⠀ Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough  Knightsbridge⠀ ⠀ Naziha Salim (1927-15 February 2008) was an Iraqi artist and painter described by the country’s president Jalal Talabani as “the first Iraqi woman who anchored the pillars of Iraqi contemporary art. ⠀ Naziha Salim was born into a family of Iraqi artists living in Turkey. Her father was a painter while her brother, Jawad Salim, has been cited as one of Iraq’s most important modern sculptors. In the 1940s she graduated from the Baghdad Fine Arts Institution and continued her education in Paris. In the 1960s Salim returned to the Fine Arts Institute as a teacher and remained at the school until her retirement in the 1980s.⠀ Naziha Salim suffered a stroke In 2003, which left her paralysed. She lived for another five years. dying in Baghdad at the age of 81. President Jalal Talabani called her death a “big loss to Iraqi art and culture.”⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #iraq  #painting  #oilpainting  #oiloncanvas ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
Faisal Laibi Sahi, Iraq⠀
"Um Al A'abaea"⠀
Acrylic on canvas⠀
Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough Knightsbridge⠀
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Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others ⠀
Faisel’s style had already evolved in Baghdad through his artistic exchange with significant Iraqi artists, even before he left for Paris to study at the National Superior School of Fine Arts of Paris in 1974. While abroad, the Iran-Iraq War broke out and was followed after by the Gulf Wars, convoluting the formation of a consistent artistic identity in the third wave of Iraqi contemporary art. Many artists had fled the country but only a few have continued to maintain the lion’s share of attention. Faisel Laibi Sahi created his own creative canon. He became one of Iraq’s leading proponents of the arts, expressing the collective imagination of his country with an aesthetic and language of his own. Pictorial dreams that project nationalist imagery in a trans-cultural dialogue. ⠀
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The artistic world that Faisel creates is rooted in what it means to be Iraqi. The highly acclaimed Baghdadi Coffee Shop series is Faisel’s answer to Iraq’s late modernisms formulation of painting in terms of flatness and opticality. He gives us an extremely articulate introduction to the Western alternative, the concept of the tableau - new perceptual approaches to reality - Modern Realism. ⠀
Last year he celebrated 50 years of painting. His retrospective follows a sequence of forms emulating the once Iraqi social sphere. Rendered in a pop-like colour spectrum, the works demonstrate Faisel’s consummate skill as a painter. ⠀
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Faisal Laibi Sahi, Iraq⠀ "Um Al A'abaea"⠀ Acrylic on canvas⠀ Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough  Knightsbridge⠀ ⠀ Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others ⠀ Faisel’s style had already evolved in Baghdad through his artistic exchange with significant Iraqi artists, even before he left for Paris to study at the National Superior School of Fine Arts of Paris in 1974. While abroad, the Iran-Iraq War broke out and was followed after by the Gulf Wars, convoluting the formation of a consistent artistic identity in the third wave of Iraqi contemporary art. Many artists had fled the country but only a few have continued to maintain the lion’s share of attention. Faisel Laibi Sahi created his own creative canon. He became one of Iraq’s leading proponents of the arts, expressing the collective imagination of his country with an aesthetic and language of his own. Pictorial dreams that project nationalist imagery in a trans-cultural dialogue. ⠀ ⠀ The artistic world that Faisel creates is rooted in what it means to be Iraqi. The highly acclaimed Baghdadi Coffee Shop series is Faisel’s answer to Iraq’s late modernisms formulation of painting in terms of flatness and opticality. He gives us an extremely articulate introduction to the Western alternative, the concept of the tableau - new perceptual approaches to reality - Modern Realism. ⠀ Last year he celebrated 50 years of painting. His retrospective follows a sequence of forms emulating the once Iraqi social sphere. Rendered in a pop-like colour spectrum, the works demonstrate Faisel’s consummate skill as a painter. ⠀ ⠀ #iraq  #acrylic  #acrylicart ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Faisal Laibi Sahi, Iraq⠀
"Moon Light"⠀
Acrylic on cardboard⠀
Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough Knightsbridge⠀
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The masterful composition together with an eye for decorative details in planes of pure colour, obliquely unfold stories that tend to abstraction. Without a doubt, his allusion to the figurative is thoroughly conceptual. Quintessential Iraqi scenes are masterfully rendered and cannot be compared to those produced by the most novel of “isms.” It leads us back to the artist dealing with the creation of the self. Faisel is an “other”, as well as all others. ⠀
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The Iraqi-British artist’s depiction of the magnificent and boisterously epic history of Iraq’s people inspires a whole nation with respect for its history and hope for its future. Faisel Laibi Sahi’s paintings are embedded with a strong social content that examines power relationships between the individual and society - these masterpieces confirms his passionate commitment to Iraq is as undeniable as his genius.⠀
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#iraq #acrylic #acrylicart⠀⠀
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Faisal Laibi Sahi, Iraq⠀ "Moon Light"⠀ Acrylic on cardboard⠀ Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough  Knightsbridge⠀ ⠀ The masterful composition together with an eye for decorative details in planes of pure colour, obliquely unfold stories that tend to abstraction. Without a doubt, his allusion to the figurative is thoroughly conceptual. Quintessential Iraqi scenes are masterfully rendered and cannot be compared to those produced by the most novel of “isms.” It leads us back to the artist dealing with the creation of the self. Faisel is an “other”, as well as all others. ⠀ ⠀ The Iraqi-British artist’s depiction of the magnificent and boisterously epic history of Iraq’s people inspires a whole nation with respect for its history and hope for its future. Faisel Laibi Sahi’s paintings are embedded with a strong social content that examines power relationships between the individual and society - these masterpieces confirms his passionate commitment to Iraq is as undeniable as his genius.⠀ ⠀ #iraq  #acrylic  #acrylicart ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Almaha Al Kulabi, Saudi Arabia⠀
"Symphony of Desire"⠀
Ink on paper and coloured thread⠀
Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough Knightsbridge⠀
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#saudiarabia #ink #mixedmedia⠀
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Almaha Al Kulabi, Saudi Arabia⠀ "Symphony of Desire"⠀ Ink on paper and coloured thread⠀ Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough  Knightsbridge⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #saudiarabia  #ink  #mixedmedia ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Salah Chead, Iraq⠀
"Night Music"⠀
Mixed Media on cardboard⠀
Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough Knightsbridge⠀
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An international pioneer artist and teacher, born and educated in Iraq.  Early on he was known for his talent and was correctly predicted to become notable in the field⠀
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Salah Chead, Iraq⠀ "Night Music"⠀ Mixed Media on cardboard⠀ Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough  Knightsbridge⠀ ⠀ An international pioneer artist and teacher, born and educated in Iraq. Early on he was known for his talent and was correctly predicted to become notable in the field⠀ ⠀ #iraq  #mixedmedia ⠀ ⠀
Just two weeks until 4th Konooz Fine Art Auction and Exhibition at The Lanesborough in Knightsbridge on 28th September 2017. ⠀
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#throwbackthursday From the 2nd Konooz - such talent lined along here!  I can see Wadhah Mahdi's artwork in the lineup, they are in our next show as well!⠀
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Abdulqader Al Rais, UAE⠀
"Untitled"⠀
Watercolour on paper⠀
Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough Knightsbridge⠀
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Artwork from @abdulqaderalrais ⠀
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#uae #unitedarabemirates #watercolour #abstract #watercolor⠀
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Aber Al Farhan, Iraq⠀
"Chromatic abstraction"⠀
Acrylic on Canvas⠀
Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough Knightsbridge⠀
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#iraq #acrylic #acrylicart⠀
Aber Al Farhan, Iraq⠀ "Chromatic abstraction"⠀ Acrylic on Canvas⠀ Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough  Knightsbridge⠀ ⠀ #iraq  #acrylic  #acrylicart ⠀
Wadhah Mahdi, Iraq⠀
"Friendship"⠀
Acrylic on canvas⠀
Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough Knightsbridge⠀
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Artwork from @wadhah_art⠀
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Wadhah Mahdi (1974) was born and raised in Baghdad. He earned a degree from the Institute of Fine Arts in 2000. Wadhah left Iraq in 2005 to escape the dangerous situation in his country; later he returned to Baghdad where he lives and works now. His paintings are narrative, recognisable situations or snapshots; painted in a woolly style with a rich, warm colour palette. Wadhah has always fought for women’s rights “because women’s rights, in my opinion, is missing in my country.” Although the difficult situation in his country is an important theme in his life, his works of art show, above all, beauty and love.⠀
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Wadhah Mahdi, Iraq⠀ "Friendship"⠀ Acrylic on canvas⠀ Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough  Knightsbridge⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Artwork from @wadhah_art⠀ ⠀ Wadhah Mahdi (1974) was born and raised in Baghdad. He earned a degree from the Institute of Fine Arts in 2000. Wadhah left Iraq in 2005 to escape the dangerous situation in his country; later he returned to Baghdad where he lives and works now. His paintings are narrative, recognisable situations or snapshots; painted in a woolly style with a rich, warm colour palette. Wadhah has always fought for women’s rights “because women’s rights, in my opinion, is missing in my country.” Although the difficult situation in his country is an important theme in his life, his works of art show, above all, beauty and love.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #iraq  #acrylic  #acrylicart ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
“Inspiration does exist but it must find you working.” Pablo Picasso⠀
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"Inspiration does not exist. It does not exist for the lazy. For the no-passionate. For the idle. It only exists for the hard-working. The diligent. The zealous and determined."⠀
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#MotivationMonday #MondayMorning #quote #inspiration #motivation #MondayMotivation #monday #quoteoftheday #wisdom #art ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀
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Taline Balian, Lebanon⠀
"The Face"⠀
Acrylic on canvas⠀
Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough Knightsbridge⠀
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Piece by @taline_balian⠀
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She experiments with portraits, attempting to revive intense emotions with regards to social problems. Humans throughout their existence developed ways to cope with the real world atrocities, this fact led to a quick embrace of social media as it offered a great alternative to a so-called “perfect world”. The overwhelming setup of that virtual world is gradually leading to humans to a peak of a collective blindness. This loss of the sense of humanity is leading her to hook with the use of organic tools such as painting, as we can see through her deeply emotional portraits. Her work has been showing in many countries since 1998. http://www.talinebalian.com⠀
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#lebanon #acrylic #acrylicart⠀
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Taline Balian, Lebanon⠀ "The Face"⠀ Acrylic on canvas⠀ Featuring in Konooz Fine Art Auction 28-Sept-2017 at #TheLanesborough  Knightsbridge⠀ ⠀ Piece by @taline_balian⠀ ⠀ She experiments with portraits, attempting to revive intense emotions with regards to social problems. Humans throughout their existence developed ways to cope with the real world atrocities, this fact led to a quick embrace of social media as it offered a great alternative to a so-called “perfect world”. The overwhelming setup of that virtual world is gradually leading to humans to a peak of a collective blindness. This loss of the sense of humanity is leading her to hook with the use of organic tools such as painting, as we can see through her deeply emotional portraits. Her work has been showing in many countries since 1998. http://www.talinebalian.com⠀ ⠀ #lebanon  #acrylic  #acrylicart ⠀ ⠀ ⠀