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Renowned portrait artist Ismail Azzam holds art lessons at Mathaf

Renowned portrait artist Ismail Azzam holds art lessons at Mathaf


Tribune News Network
Doha
ONE of Iraq's best-known artists, Ismail Azzam, is hosting a series of art lessons at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, as part of the museum's educational and local community engagement programmes, designed to stimulate creativity and appreciation around modern and contemporary art in the region.
The art lessons will run every Sunday and Wednesday between 4 7pm until the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan, and between 11am 2pm during Ramadan in Manara, Mathaf's Education Space
The lessons give participants a unique insight into the techniques used in portraiture drawing using pencil, charcoal and paint.
Maryam al Attiya, head of Art Programs at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, said:"Art education is a central activity at our museum, and we are proud to be able to offer these workshops to the local community.
"This is a good opportunity for Qatar's artistic community to meet, learn from and be inspired by such a gifted and renowned Iraqi artist. Through workshops like this one, we aim to develop an engaged cultural audience and develop individuals' interests in artistic practices."
The art lessons are free to attend and are offered to people with basic to intermediate sketching and drawing skills. Participants are required to bring their own sketch book.
The artist held a major exhibition at the QM Gallery in Katara back in 2015. The successful exhibition, which was presented by Qatar Museums under the leadership of its Chairperson, HE Sheikha al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani and entitled 'For Them', showcased Ismail Azzam's distinctive 'reverse charcoal' portraits of painters and sculptors who made a significant contribution to the Arab Art world.
Though Azzam also uses oil and watercolour in many of his artworks, he is particularly highly regarded for his mastery of the distinctive technique known as 'reverse charcoal drawing', which will be featured as part of the art lessons. During this process, the whole canvas is first covered in charcoal and then slowly etched away using a rubber to accentuate contrasting shades of light and dark and create a range of dramatic effects.
Born in Iraq in 1962, Ismail Azzam holds a Bachelor degree from the Fine Arts University in Baghdad, Iraq. In 1988 he started his career as a lecturer in Arts at the Institute of Teachers in Mosul, Iraq, and then he moved to Amman, Jordan to work as a Director of the Ain Art Gallery in 1993.
Azzam moved to Doha in 1996 to work as a painter for Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, the National Council of Culture, and Qatar Museums as Curator at the Orientalist Museum collection. From 2009 until 2016, Azzam was the director of the Amiri Diwan Museum Project.

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