Lot 1, Serwan Baran - Untitled - Highlights from Blurring the Lines, Waves of Figuration and Abstraction in Paintings from the MENA - Auctions



Executed in: 2022

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 180 x 180 cm

Signed on the front lower left

Bidding begins Apr 23, 10:00 CET+1
Starting price €18,000
Estimate €20,000 - €30,000

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Serwan Baran’s paintings center on the turbulent history of his native Iraq. Baran has widely exhibited in the Middle East and North Africa, and in 2019 he was the first solo artist to represent Iraq at the Venice Biennale. While studying fine art at the University of Babylon, Baran became fascinated by the ancient city’s legendary ruins, mythology, and visual culture, which stood in stark contrast to modern day Iraq’s political instability and decades of warfare. Baran, who served as a soldier for his country, often comments on his experiences in the military and Iraq’s present day political conflicts in his work. He depicts harrowing scenes of fellow soldiers facing their final moments using a gestural, expressionistic style and an earthy color palette drawn from the landscape of his homeland.
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