Suad Al-Attar brings together treasured drawings and paintings carefully selected from the artist's archive to form the most comprehensive published collection of her work and a rare document of her remarkable life.
The book is an extensively illustrated monograph featuring original photography of more than 100 expressive and surrealistic paintings and drawings by one of Iraq’s most renowned artists.
Written by the artist’s granddaughter – writer and art historian Nesma Shubber – the book offers unique access to the career of a truly sensational artist and painter. In beautifully written prose, Shubber tells the story of her grandmother’s life and work. Beginning with the artist’s early formative years in Baghdad and her arrival in London in 1976, we discover the origins of Al-Attar’s international career up to the present day in a personal account of an extraordinary woman and artist.
For the first time, this book brings together treasured drawings and paintings carefully selected from the artist’s archive to form the most comprehensive published collection of work by Suad Al-Attar as well as a rare document of her remarkable life.
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About the Author
Nesma Shubber is a writer and art historian born in London. She gained a first class BA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art before spending two years in New York studying at The New School. She also holds a masters degree in Literature and Arts from the University of Oxford.
About the Artist
Suad Al-Attar (b. 1940, Baghdad) is a contemporary Iraqi painter whose work is rooted in the visual traditions of the Middle East. She received her undergraduate education at Baghdad University and studied at Wimbledon School of Art and London Central School of Art and Design during the mid-1970s. Her works are held in the British Museum, London, and the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, though many of them once held in the Iraqi Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad have been lost.
Venetia Porter is curator of Islamic and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art at the British Museum. She holds a BA in Arabic and Persian and an MPhil in Islamic Art from the University of Oxford and has curated two major exhibitions at the British Museum, Word into Art (2006) and Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam (2012).