Ismail AL-CHEKHLI
Ismail AL-CHEKHLI
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Ismail Al-Chaikhly; Born 1924, Baghdad, Iraq; died 2002, Baghdad

Ismail Al-Chaikhly studied at the Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad, graduating in 1945. He was one of the Institute’s first graduates to travel aboard for further studies, receiving his degree from the Ecole National Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1951.

He was one of the founding members of Pioneers Group, and in 1956 became a founding member of the Society of Iraqi Plastic Artists. He was also a member of the Iraqi Artists Society. Later he served as the director general of the Directorate of Plastic Arts, Baghdad. He participated in many national group exhibitions in Iraq (including the Art Friends Society exhibition of 1956) and aboard. His early works display the influence of Faiq Hassan, particularly during the period he exhibited with the Pioneers Group. Al-Chaikly is often compared to Hassan in his rendering of local folkloric and rural subject matter; later his style became more abstract and focused on colors.

His work is held in collections including Mathaf, Aran Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad; and Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman.

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