Published Monday, 28 April 2014
Issued on behalf of: The Creative Hinckley Partnership.
An exhibition by Iraqi born artist
The Atkins Gallery
Atkins Building, Lower Bond Street, Hinckley LE10 1QU
5 May - 7 June
Private view 3 May 2014, 14:00 - 17:00
The exhibition features the work of the Iraqi born artist Satta Hashem and takes us through his life journey in drawings which function as his daily reflection on world events.
Satta is represented in a number of collections, including drawings in The British Museum's permanent collections, and paintings in the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Kaleningrad, Russia; Leicester New Walk Museum and Art Gallery; and many private collections.
In 2010, a hall at the Adult Education College, Leicester, containing two of his mural paintings, was re-named Satta Hashem Hall.
"I am very aware of the political connotations of colours. The colour black is in danger of becoming a symbol of power for some, and of oppression and new dictatorship for others. It is largely connected to extremism in modern life; those who are waging war and destruction, as is now seen clearly in the Middle East.
All the drawings in the current exhibition are made on paper. The large drawings have been fixed directly on the walls without framing or glass. This is to communicate the impact of mural paintings where artworks are made directly onto the wall and become part of the public space.
The emphasis in this exhibition, based on the line drawings that I have made in black and red, is on the themes of life and death. The large scale drawings are complemented by small drawings based mainly on black colour."
At the age of nineteen, Hashem's exile began when he left Iraq for Algeria where he started his education as an artist. He then moved to Russia to complete his education and then to Sweden, before settling in the UK in 2000.
In this exhibition, the Large Scale Drawings are shown for the first time. It includes two large drawings entitled 'The Ashes of Richard III' 1 and 2. Satta's first culture activities and exhibition in Leicester were held at Arts Training Central, 10 metres from the car park where the remains of Richard III were discovered.
Satta has an MA in Fine Arts (1989), Mural Painting and Decorative Arts, from Leningrad Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design, Leningrad, USSR.
He has had a number of solo exhibitions and participated in a large number of group exhibitions around the world. He has executed several permanent and temporary mural paintings in public places, in Sweden and the UK.
He speaks Arabic, Russian, Swedish and English.
More information is available at: http://www.sattahashem.com/
10 May, 14:00 - 16:30
Artist Satta Hashem will give a guided tour of his work, and a lecture:
A brief history of Black and Red Colour
Includes discussion and slide show of historic documents.
23 May, 11.00 - 16.00
Workshop - Mural Painting in Public Places
The aim of the workshop is to give participants an introduction to how murals are used in architecturally different settings. At the end of the workshop, the participants will produce some large scale painting and drawing.
The exhibition is open:
5 May - 7 June 2014
Monday - Friday: 9:30 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00
Last updated: 28/04/2014 12:20
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