Sumerian Pulse: Linking with the Past
Tobya Art Gallery is pleased to present artist Maad Alomary from Bellevue, Washington. Maad was born in Nasiriyah and raised in Hilla in Iraq where he started drawing at an early age. Maad participated in his first group show at Arbatash Tamouse Elementary School in Hilla only when he was in seventh grade.
Maad continued to making and studying art informally through his middle school years. He studied European artist such as Rembrandt, van Gogh and the Impressionists using books translated into Arabic, which were available in market and borrowed from a friend who was studying at the art school in Hilla. Maad also frequented galleries in Baghdad to see contemporary works by Iraqi artists.
During Saadam Hussien’s regime, Maad was drafted into the Iraq National Army. Most of his recent works are inspired by his experience during and after the wars in Iraq. In 1987, Up on the invitation of artist in Hilla, Maad participated in a show that was held at the Niquba Alfanaaneen See Al Hilla (Artists Union of Hilla).
Because of the continued war and uprising that followed Maad was forced to flee from Iraq. He was a refugee at the Rafah and Artawiah refugee camps in Saudi Arabia where he was granted a political refugee status to move to US. In 1994, Just before his move to Seattle, Washington, Maad exhibited at the refuge camp in Rafah , on which he sold most of his art presented in the exhibit. After he moved to Seattle, in 1999 Maad participated in a juried group miniature art show that was held at the Kirkland Art Center.
Maad’s solo exhibit Sumerian Pulse: Linking with the Past showcases mainly his recent works, which includes over twenty oil pastel paintings and drawings and some oil paintings. The exhibit will open on Thursday June 15 and will run through June 30, 2017.