Concepts I believe colours have a psychological impact through our visual sense. Every change in the way artists paint light (i.e. colour) reflects the evolution of our civilization. In Art History we can see how the way artists use colour has changed. It reflects their time and space - very different from any other time or space. It also captures the tension between the outside world we live in and the world we see inside. I use colour as a communication tool between me and seen and unseen objects (e.g. feelings). The motives of my paintings actually come in third place after colours (the quality of colours) and feeling (the depth of feeling and perception of feeling). Concrete or abstract forms come third. It is best to see my paintings first as colour, second as feeling and only in third place as whatever objects might be discerned. Influences Light and colour, iconography, science, environment, poetry, Mesopotamia-Iraq, Russia, Scandinavia, Crete Career path I was born in Iraq, near the sites of Ancient Mesopotamia (such as Tel Asmar). My early influences came from visits to the Baghdad Museum and, more generally, the Iraqi cultural heritage. I left Iraq to study Fine Arts first in Algeria and then in Russia. These two specific places put me in 'culture shock'. It was hard for me in the beginning to adapt to the new mentality and way of thinking. That is why, between 1979 and 988, I had a crisis relating to how I could see myself and the world. When I got my MA in Mural Painting from Leningrad I move to Sweden. One and half years later, the Gulf War broke out. This 43-day war changed my life forever - it put a stop to life as an adventure and started a life of question marks. During the 43 days I saw how my lovely cities, including Baghdad, were bombed. I saw the destruction of my memories. During this time I created 43 drawings and a day-by-day diary. These drawings were a turning point. When I later heard that most of my school friends had been killed and most of my best loved places had been destroyed, the quality of the colours in my paintings changed and became more meditative and subdued. Since August 2000, I live in England. The cultural atmosphere and the new society around me has given me the opportunity to see colours from yet another perspective. I will need another two or three years to evaluate this change in my painting. Collections The British Museum, UK Museum of Contemporary Arts, Kaleningrad, Russia Leicester Museum & Art Gallery Stockholm City Council, Sweden Handelsbanken, Stockholm, Sweden Many private collections in Russia, Sweden, England, Hong Kong and Japan. Commissions and residencies 2003, 2004 Poster for Refugee Week, June, Leicester Voluntary Action 2003 Wall painting Studieforbundet Vuxenskolan (Adult Education), Stockholm, Sweden 2003 Wall painting Women's Refuge, Stockholm, Sweden 2003 One week workshops for Scarborough Festival of Youth Arts 2002 Two circular paintings (3m diameter), Leicester Adult Education College, UK. 2002 Temporary exterior wall paintings Tensta Underground, Stockholm, Sweden (3m x 8m) 2000, 2001, 2002,2003 , 2004 Tensta Marknad, Cultural Festival. Posters, cards and t-shirts. Stockholm, Sweden. 1999 Spanga/Tensta Council. Design of informative exhibition with four paintings. Stockholm, Sweden. 1993 Stockholm County Council. Six paintings for hospitals. Stockholm, Sweden. 1989 Invandrarverket. Monumental wall paintings . Karslund, Upplands Vasby, Sweden Languages spoken Arabic, Swedish, Russian, English Annual Exhibitions/ 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Open Exhibition, City Gallery, Leicester Derby City Open, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby East Midlands Contemporary Art Auction, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham Knighton Lane Group,Annual Exhibition, Leicester
CV & Education
1989 MA Fine Arts, Mural painting and decorative arts, Leningrad Vera Mukhina Higher School of Art and Design, Leningrad, USSR.
1994 Training, Decorative art, Artist's collective workshop, Stockholm Sweden.
1983 -1984 Training, Institute of Fine Arts, Surikof, Moscow, USSR.
1978-1980 Training, Ecole National des Beaux Arts, Algiers, Algeria.
The British Museum, UK
Museum of Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad, Russia.
Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, UK
Stockholm City Council, Sweden.
Handelsbanken, Stockholm, Sweden.
Many private collections in Russia, Sweden, England, Qatar, Hong Kong and Japan.
2011 New Art Exchange Prize Winner - Nottingham Annual Open Art Exhibition, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham - UK
2010 a hall at the Adult Education College, Leicester, was re-named Satta Hashem Hall to honour him.
2003 First Prize Winner - Nottingham Annual Open Art Exhibition, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham – UK
2014 Large Scale Drawings in Black and Red, The Atkins Gallery, Hinckley, UK
2013 In Conflict: Reflections on the Constant War in Iraq New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK
2010 Colour and Mind/Fifth Exhibition, Pedestrian Arts, Leicester, UK
2008 Colour, Light and Mind; 500 small paintings as a Mural, Catmose Gallery, Oakham, UK
2007 Colour, Love and Mind, Northampton Museum & Art Gallery, Northampton,
2007 One Thousand Drawings and One Painting, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre,
2007-2008 Freedom Exhibition, The Guildhall, Leicester, National Museums
Liverpool, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Tyne and Wear Museums, UK
2006 Colour and Mind/Static and Dynamic, Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester,
2005 One Thousand Paintings and One Mosaic, An art installation, LCB Depot,
2004 Colour and Mind, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery
2001-2003 New Maps to an Old Treasure. The City Gallery on Tour Exhibition,
2001 Drawings to Poetry, The Ark, London, UK.
2000 Gallery CM Bellman, Stockholm Sweden.
2014 Open Art Exhibition The Cank Street Gallery,
2014 Passion2Print, Leicester
2014 Wistow Gallery, Wistow Rural Centre, Leicestershire, UK
2014 Belgorod State Art Museum, Russia
2014 The Polish Centre, London, UK
2013 Pskov State United Historical, Architectural and Fine Arts Museum, Russia
2013 Geographies of War, UCL Art Museum, London
2012 Passion2Print, Oundle, Kettering, Leicester.
2012 Rutland Open, Rutland County Museum, UK
2012 East Midlands Contemporary Art Auction, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham,
2011 Midlands Open Exhibition, Castle Donington, UK
2011 Nottingham Castle Annual Open, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art
Gallery, Nottingham, UK ( Prize Winner )
2011 Parallax Art Fair, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London, UK
2011 Spirits of War to Hands of Peace, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester
2009 The Polish Centre, London, UK
2008 – 2009 Iraq’s Past Speaks to the Present, The British Museum, London, UK
2008 Passion2Print, City Gallery, Leicester
2008 Oceans Apart, The International Art Gallery, Liverpool
2008 Enlightenment Act I, The Blackie, Liverpool
2007 Island of Treasures Part II, two man show, the Richard Attenborough Centre,
2007 Three Ways of Seeing, Architecture Week 07 AW07 Leicester, UK
2007 Art of England Art Show, Trentham, UK
2007-2008 Small print / Big impression International Mini-Print, Touring Exhibition,
2007 Spring Show, The Biscuit Factory Gallery, Newcastle, UK
2007 Island of Treasures, two man show, Cultural Exchanges, De Montfort
University, Leicester, UK
2006 Word into Art, The British Museum, London, UK
2005 Hidden Treasures, LCB Depot, Leicester, UK
2005 Outdoor mosaic, Hall Farm Nursery, Harpswell, Lincolnshire, UK
2004 The Arabian Horse, International Exhibition, Arabesque Gallery, Bahrain.
2004 Black Rain; Reflections of War, Charnwood Museum, Loughborough, UK.
2003 Nottingham Annual Open Art Exhibition, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art
Gallery, Nottingham - Prize Winner
2003 The 2D Open Exhibition, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2003 Contemporary Islam, Crescent Art Gallery, Scarborough
2001-2003 2nd International Exhibition of the Heart, Japan, UK, USA
2002 EWACC Group Exhibition, Global Cafe Gallery, London, UK
2001 Spread the Word, Towpath Gallery, Henley on Thames, UK
2001 Men's Work, Art Link Exchange Gallery, Hull, UK
2000 – 2010 Open Exhibition, City Gallery, Leicester, UK
2002, 2003, 2010, 2011 Annual Open Art Exhibition, Nottingham Castle Museum, Nottingham, UK
2000 - 2002 Derby City Open, Derby Museum & Art Gallery, Derby, UK
2002 - 2004, 2007 East Midlands Contemporary Art Auction, Djanogly Art Gallery,
2002 – 2006, 2011, 2012 Knighton Lane Artists Group, Annual Exhibition, Leicester
Leicester Print Workshop, Leicester, UK
Arabic, Swedish, Russian, English
Artist websites and online exhibitions