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Hayv Kahraman. Iraqi Artist

Paintings by Hayv Kahraman. DanceDance

Iraqi artist Hayv Kahraman produces highly graphic drawings using Sumi ink on brown paper. Her wide stylistic references range from Japanese and Arabic calligraphy art nouveau, Persian miniature and Greek iconography.
Her impeccable illustrative renderings create stunning but also unsettling, minutely detailed images which prevent us from looking away from tragedies such as rape and honour killings, forcing us to reflect on things that we would otherwise refuse to see.
Of late, Kahraman has moved on to work in a larger scale and on canvas, painting flat patterned areas contrasted with expressionless faces, highly rendered in Renaissance inspired techniques. The artist has turned her attention to more mundane forms of oppression in a series of works focused on the ways women are percieved in society.
There's more on the artist's site
Paintings by Hayv Kahraman. ToiletteToilette

Paintings by Hayv Kahraman. Yellow ScarfYellow Scarf

Paintings by Hayv Kahraman. Domesticated MarionettesDomesticated Marionettes

Painting by Hayv Kahraman. Red DressRed Dress

Painting by Hayv Kahraman. Folding Large SheetFolding Large Sheet

Painting by Hayv Kahraman. Green Dress on SofaGreen Dress on Sofa

Painting by Hayv Kahraman. Domesticated MarionettesDomesticated Marionettes

Painting by Hayv Kahraman. Red and Black on SofaRed and Black on Sofa

Hayv Kahraman's Painting. FalconryFalconry

Hayv Kahraman's Painting. Domesticated MarionettesDomesticated Marionettes

Hayv Kahraman's Painting. Mevlevi SemaMevlevi Sema

Hayv Kahraman's Painting. Turqoise Open ArmsTurqoise Open Arms

Hayv Kahraman's Paintings. DressmakingDressmaking

Hayv Kahraman's Paintings. Bird WatchersBird Watchers

Hayv Kahraman's Paintings. Pink TearsPink Tears

Hayv Kahraman's Paintings. PeacockPeacock

Hayv Kahraman's Paintings. Heads on the PlateHeads on the Plate

Hayv Kahraman's Paintings.. SewSew

Hayv Kahraman's Paintings.

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