Ayad Alkadhi

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Iraqi-born Ayad Alkadhi spent his childhood between England, the United Arab Emirates, and Baghdad, and graduated with an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In his works, the artist mixes layers of Arabic and American newspapers with traditional calligraphic techniques and painting to create cloaked figures, using the veil as an integral part of what he calls the “skeletal elements assembled to create a whole being.” Alkadhi’s paintings exist at the intersection of Western and Eastern cultures, and emphasize the importance that custom, tradition, social reform, and religion have in constructing mean that it has become virtually impossible to separate the object from its multilayered significance.

 

 

ABOVE
Structure II, 2009
Mixed media on Arabic newspaper
and The New York Times on canvas
121.9 x 152.4 cm

BELOW LEFT
Structure I, 2009 
Mixed media on Arabic newspaper
on canvas
121.9 x 152.4 cm

ABOVE RIGHT
Structure III, 2009
Mixed media on Arabic newspaper
and The New York Times on canvas
121.9 x 152.4 cm
Courtesy the artist and ArtSpace Gallery, Dubai