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22 in x 20 in | unframed | Oil

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"Fairplay", by Iraqi artist Omar Odeh, symbolizes the old Iraq. In the work two symbols of the grandiose ambitions of ancient Iraq, face each other through a desert of colors. On the left the last Queen of Iraq is shown, while on the right, the Ziggurat, which is a symbol of ancient Mesopotamia is depicted. Mr Odeh says that the colors of the desert have an ability to surround you in Iraq, and he wanted to to mirror this experience in "Fairplay."

Artist: Omar Odeh

Omar received a B.A in Fine Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Baghdad, 1998. His first Solo exhibition entitled “Out of Iraq. Into Exile” was in Chelsea, NYC. He has participated in most of Iraqi local art halls in Baghdad and has been in group exhibitions in Damascus, Abu Dhabi, Baghdad, Amman, Santa Cruz and Ojai, CA . Omar also has received the Innovation Medal from the Iraqi Ministry of Culture at “Iraqi Contemporary Art – Iraqi Cultural week”, Damascus, 2009 and the Baghdad Medal from the Iraqi Ministry of Culture at “Colorful Love Letters to Baghdad”, Baghdad, 2010 Omar says he didn’t choose the profession of painting, it actually chose him. He feels that he finds himself when he paints and what is more beautiful than to find ourselves? He left Iraq because he was forced to. It was not safe for him because of being an artist. He would rather have stayed but everything was against him and he feared for his life. Omar says, “When I paint, I feel that I live another world and I can fly.” Omar currently lives in exile in Damascus, Syria waiting for his visa to Canada.

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