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Calligraphy work from Abol Atighetchi. Muhammad Yusuf, Features Writer This Ramadan, Oblong Contemporary Gallery, Dubai, is presenting Iranian artist Abol Atighetchi (Mar. 31 – May 30). For the first time, a series of 12 unpublished paintings are being exhibited to the public. It covers more than 31 years of Atighetchi’s artistic career, spanning 1991 to 2022. Some of the early paintings are ‘Les Iroquois’ (painted 1991), showing the artist vision of the Red Skin Indian American tribes located in North America, specifically in Canada; a canvas on ‘Mururoa’ and two paintings on ‘Rainbow Warriors’, the ship by Green Peace. There is a large acrylic piece on Qur’anic Illumination, done from the artist’s point of view. Calligraphy painting is being shown too, where viewers can admire the influence on the artist by the great Persian poet, Maulana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi. Born in Teheran in 1948 in a well-known family, Atighetchi finished his primary school in Tehran and was sent to complete higher education in Switzerland, and later to a boarding school in England, where he graduated with a B.S.C. degree as an aeronautical engineer from Queen Mary College, University of London. READ MORE Pakistan pop singer irked with her […]

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