A Pioneer of Modern Art at Hansons Auctioneers

A striking abstract oil painting by one of the leading pioneers of modern Arabian art has just been discovered in the Midlands.

The painting by celebrated Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi measuring approximately 70cm by 90cm was discovered on a routine home visit to a property in Sutton Coldfield. Hansons Auctioneers’ art expert Adrian Rathbone comments on the find.

Dia Azzawi ‘Dia al-Azzawi is internationally recognised as one of the major pioneers of modern Arabian art. Born in Baghdad in 1939 he studied at the Institute of Fine Arts there graduating 1964. In 1969 along with five other artists he formed the New Vision Group where influence came from contemporary subjects and issues. He has lived in London since 1976 where he was art advisor to the Iraqi Cultural Centre from 1977 to 1980. The painting in question, dated 1981 is typical of his abstract forms combining vibrant colour and exciting compositions’.

Highly sought after, Azzawi’s work has come to international acclaim and can be found in prestigious collections such as The Baghdad Museum of Modern Art, The British Museum, Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum, The World Bank, Washington to name a few.

Current auction records indicate that comparable works are exchanging hands for £30,000-50,000. It has been consigned into Hansons Fine Art Auction on 26th June in Etwall.

Further entries of traditional and modern fine paintings are currently being invited for inclusion in the auction.

Free valuations for all art, antiques, jewellery and collectables in aid of St Giles Hospice are held Fridays 2pm to 4pm at The Trinity Centre, Mill St, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1TF. Home visits are also available.

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