Iraqi fine artist Eyad al- Musawi is driven by architecture and Islamic art.
“I still recall the first painting which was inspired by the Islamic architecture,” said Eyad.
Born in the city of Baghdad, Musawi was deeply influenced by the city’s history of art and Islamic architecture.
“When people go to the ‘Land of Nod,’ the soul of my beautiful city wakes up in joy, with its heroes who are the characters on my canvas dancing in jubilation with moonlight and bright colors in the background,” described the artist.
Musawi’s life has always been on the move. He started his journey from Baghdad, headed to Kuwait, Morocco and the UAE, filling his book of experiences. In 1979 he participated in Asilah Cultural and Artistic Festival in Morocco. Between 1986 and 1989 he got his BA in graphic arts, High Diploma, Arts studies, Graphic Studio, at the Faculty of Arts at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. In 1991, he received a scholarship from “Luswayt Firmt”.
He describes his relation to his paintings as ‘a relation predicated on challenge, inventing new artistic tools of expressions and unleashing wild imagination in colors, so that the outcome would not result in something dull and lifeless’.
“I am a dreamer. Dreaming is a blessing in life,” said the Iraqi artist.
Musawi thinks of his current 3-D art projects to be of paramount significance. He even imparts a philosophical dimension to his venture and believes that there are common points between his projects and those of the Muslim poet and Sufi mystic, Jalal Adin al-Rumi, relating the modern art with traditional art.
“I am inclined at times to think that the combination of some colors produces weird or contradictory outcomes. However, viewing the canvas in its entirety, you will be stunned with its harmony, aura of spiritualism, eternal calm, and so on,” elaborated Musawi.
His paintings reveal his in-depth view of the surrounding settings which enabled him to work in the third dimension, thus you see him playing with uprooted houses and trees defiantly flying in abstractionism. This is his play of experiment.
Musawi now resides in the Banff Cultural Center in Alberta, Canada.
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