Quraish (Baghdad, 1965) is an Iraqi artist. He studied at the art academy in Baghdad; the art life of Baghdad is, contrary to popular belief, very flourishing. Quraish, however, decided in 1994 to leave his native country because of the political regime. He has lived and worked in the Netherlands for a long time.
Like other contemporary artists he, uses paper bonded to the canvas; an artistic medium making use of visuals, maps, photos, music scores and other materials found on several places of the world, such as rope and iron wire.
Quraish however, uses his materials in a different way. He combines high quality paper with rich structures for the purpose of obtaining different effects, making different structures in the surface of the works. Quraish doesn’t only collect, he would also detach, incinerate or drill. The artist calls this “pilfering”. It thus extends through the use of tenuous- and often bright colors, and some research on media not widely conventionally known as pictorial art. This formula removes the monotony of the flat surface and thereby results in unique art.
Quraish is challenged to open up to the palette of the various human emotions. The mix of two cultures, the mystic arabic and the traditional western results in engaging collages, each one with it’s own individual story. He now lives in Canada and regularly travels between the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Morocco) and Western Europe to create new artpieces.
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