01 Painting, Middle East Artists, Ghazi Saudi, with Footnotes, #44

Ghazi Saudi (Iraq)
Untitled, c. 1960

Oil on canvas, framed
77 x 60cm (30 5/16 x 23 5/8in).
Private collection

“The city of Ghazi al Saudi , today’s Baghdad, is the actual place implanted in a time that goes back some eight hundred years. Al Wasiti’s illustrations of Maqamat al Hariri have been a constant inspiration for him, not only in his smaller canvases and ceramics, but also in his large frescoes, where he employs the old Arab gold, blue and red with black outlines in the representation of cit-scapes translated into a modern idiom” More on The city of Ghazi al Saudi

Born in Baghdad in 1935, Al-Saudi studied at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad in 1953. Later, he trained in Rome specialising in murals and frescoes and returned to Baghdad in the early-mid 1960s where he joined the faculty at the same Institute. In 1965, he held his first solo exhibition after returning from Italy. The exhibition was at Al-Wasiti Gallery in Baghdad; a private gallery space founded by pioneer Iraqi architects Mohamed Makiya and Saeed Ali Mathloum.

He is best known for several remarkable murals in Baghdad, such as the notable entrance of Az-Zawraa’ Park and the Baghdadi Museum. Al-Saudi murals have a distinctive style informed by the Iraqi modern art movement of the 1950s yet stand out stylistically and technically as unique examples of public art. More on Ghazi Saudi

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