Athier

Biography

The son of renowned Iraqi architect and artist, Ali Mousawi and Maysaloun Faraj respectively, Athier Mousawi (b.1982) and his approach to painting can be traced to a respect for the rigidity of bold Arab architecture with the colour and vibrancy of Iraqi painting. Having studied his MA in illustration at Central Saint Martins in London, Athier’s attention to the minute and narrative began here. Upon moving to Paris, the spiritual home of Modernism, Athier’s style of painting began to combine all aspects Modernism, architecture, illustration with his strong Iraqi influences. Athier currently lives and works between Paris, London and Istanbul. A keen advocate of art education, he has led art workshops in refugee camps in Beirut, Istanbul, Amman and Jarash (2012), and throughout London as The National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Chasing Mirrors’ artist in residence (2011) and British Museum artist in residence 2007-2009. Previous solo exhibitions include: Ayyam Gallery, Beirut (2013), Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai (2012, 2011); and The Empire Project, Istanbul (2012). Selected group shows include: Traffic Gallery, Dubai (2012); National Portrait Gallery, London (2011); The Royal Academy, London (2011); Al Mansouriyah Foundation, Paris (2010-2012) and British Museum, London (2007-2009).

Exhibitions

Selected Shows
2014 - Man of War, EOA.Projects, London
2012 - Modern and Contemporary Arab, Turkish and Iranian Art, Part II 
2012 - Christie's, Dubai, UAE
2012 - The Circle, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2012 - Domination, Hegemony and the Panopticon, 
2012 - Traffic Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2011 - Fragmented Events: New works by ATHIER, 
2011 - Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2011 - Start November show, Park Hyatt, Dubai, UAE
2011 - Tashkent International Art Bienalle, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
2011 - Chasing Mirrors: My Portrait Shape by Shape, 
2011 - National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
2011 - Art Beat, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 - Mir Faberge, The Royal Academy, London, UK
2011 - Right Here Right Now, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2011 - JAMM February show, Kuwait
2010 - Kalimat, Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2010 - New Art From The Middle East, Redchurch Gallery, London, UK

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