A Lie Is Born

A Lie Is Born

Athier Mousawi



Athier Mousawi is a British-Iraqi artist who graduated from the Central St. Martins School of Art and Design, London, in 2007. The Iraqi diaspora is the subject of much of his work, as are the themes of exile, conflict, celebration and nostalgia in a pre-revolution Iraq. He often represents a self-consciously fragmented perception, incorporating geometric Islamic shapes, Arabic calligraphy, and abstract figures in an imaginative and visually arresting way.

Athier’s early practice was focused around smaller scale illustrations, and he moved into creating large-scale paintings in 2010 after commencing a residency at Cité Internationale Des Arts, Paris, with the Mansouriah Foundation. By exploring constructs such as geometric forms, he began to integrate colour and scale, creating a modernist-influenced, yet wholly contemporary series of bold, kaleidoscopic paintings.

In the past six months Athier has had two major shows at the Dubai-based Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, and he recently completed two residencies in Jordan and Beirut, where he worked with the charity START, holding workshops with young refugees and children with special needs.

Athier has also worked with several esteemed institutions, including the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy and the British Museum in London.




Milliyet Cadde, August 2012
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