Ahmed Alsoudani


"These turbulent paintings depict a disfigured tableau of war and atrocity. Although the content of the paintings draw on my own experiences of recent wars in Iraq, the imagery of devastation and violence – occasionally laced with a morbid and barbed humour – evoke a universal experience of conflict and human suffering. Deformed figures, some almost indistinguishable and verging on the bestial, intertwine and distort in vivid, surreal landscapes. Figures are often depicted at a moment of transition – through fear or agony – from human to grotesque."

Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1975, Ahmed Alsoudani graduated from the Yale School of Art in 2008 and currently lives and works in New York. His work has been included in museum exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (2011), The Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar (2011) and the Saatchi Gallery’s Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East (2009). A monograph of his work has recently been published by Hatje Cantz (2009) and he has been profiled in Der Spiegel, Art + Auction and Canvas Magazine. His work has been critically reviewed in The Sunday Times and The Independent, Artnet and other publications. Alsoudani’s work is held in the collections of the Columbus Museum of Art, the Pinault Foundation collection, the Qatar Museum and private collections around the world. His work will be featured in the Iraq Pavilion at the 2011 54th Venice Biennale and also shown in the Pinault Foundation at Palazzo Grassi. Ahmed Alsoudani is represented by Haunch of Venison Gallery, London.

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