Shakir Hassan AL-SAID
Shakir Hassan AL-SAID
شاكر حسن آل سعيد

Shakir Hassan Al Said (Arabic: شاكر حسن ال سعيد‎) (1925–2004), an Iraqi painter, sculptor and writer, is considered one of Iraq's most innovative and influential artists.

Born in Samawa, Al Said lived, worked and died in Baghdad. He received in 1948 a degree in social science from the Higher Institute of Teachers in Baghdad and in 1954 a diploma in painting from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad where he was taught by Jawad Saleem. He continued his studies at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris until 1959, where he was taught by Raymond Legueult. During his stay in Paris, he discovered Western modern art in galleries and Sumerian art at the Louvre. After his return to Baghdad in 1959, Al Said studied the work of Yahya ibn Mahmud al-Wasiti, sufism and Mansur Al-Hallaj. He gradually abandoned figurative expressions and centered his compositions on Arabic calligraphy.

 He co-founded in 1951 with Jawad Saleem Jama'et Baghdad lil Fann al-Hadith (Baghdad Modern Art Group), one of the most unusual arts movements in the Middle East in the post–World War II, that aimed to achieve an artistic approach both modern and embracing of tradition. This specific approach was called Istilham al-turath (Seeking inspiration from tradition), considered as "the basic point of departure, to achieve through modern styles, a cultural vision". He headed the group after the death of Saleem in 1961.

In 1971, he founded Al Bu'd al Wahad (the One-dimension Group)", which promoted the modern calligraphic school in Arab art.

His work is collected by major museums, such as Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, the Guggenheim in New York, and Sharjah Art Museum.

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1925 - Born in the City of Simawa - Iraq.
1942 - Worked in survey department (Maps printing office) Baghdad.
1948 - Graduated from Teachers College - Baghdad / B.A. in social sciences.
1951 - Contributed with Jawad Saleem in establishing the Group of Baghdad for Modern Art, and participated in its exhibitions.
1954 - Graduated from the Institute of fine arts / Evening - Diploma in painting. First personal exhibition in the Institute of fine arts Gallery - Baghdad.
1955 - 1959 - Studied in the institutes of France (Paris) - Decorative arts - Beaux Arts.
1961 - First general exhibition / Institute of Fine Arts Gallery - Baghdad.
1966 - Reflections and Ascensions Exhibition - The National Museum of Modern Art Gallery / Baghdad.
1968 - 1969 - Taught "painting" in the Saudi Arabia, Emergence of the idea of "one dimension".
1971 - Established the "One Dimension Group" - First exhibition - The National Museum of Modern Art Gallery / Baghdad.
1974 - Reflective Visions Exhibition - The National Museum of Modern Art / Baghdad.
1975 - Participated in the Festival of Cannes Sur Mer - France.
1976 - Venice Biennial - Italy
1977 - Arab Art Exhibition - The Iraqi Cultural Centre / London.
1978 - Personal Exhibition - Sultan Gallery / Kuwait.
1979 - The 15th Sao Paolo Biennial - Brazil.
1979 - 1980 - Personal Exhibition - The Iraqi Cultural Center / Beirut. An exhibition with Naja Al-Mahdawi, Tunisia.
1982 - Devoted himself to painting and artistic theoretization.
1983 - Member of the International Art Critics Association (IACA).
Reviewing the newest achievements of art in Paris and Venezuela (Symposium of IACA Caracas).
1986 - New Delhi Triennia - India.
1988 - The Intimacy of Signs exhibition - Institut du monde Arabe / Paris / with foreign artists.
1992 - Counselor in Abdul Hameed Shoman establishement / Amman, Introduced an exhibition.
1992 - Personal exhibition - The Jordanien National Museum Gallery of modern Art / Amman
1994 - The 4th One Dimension Group Exhibition - Ab'aad Gallery / Amman. Founded the symposium of Aesthetic Discourse - Saddam Art Center / Baghdad.
1995 - The Double Painting Exhibition - Baghdad Gallery / Baghdad.
1996 - Personal exhibition of (Double and One Dimension paintings), the French Cultural Center / Amman. The 5th One Dimension Exhibition - Ab'aad Gallery / Amman. Personal Exhibition, 50 x 70 Gallery / Beirut.
1997 - Environment, Surrounding and Ecology in the Iraqi Art - The Jordanian National Museum Gallery / Amman.
1997 - Personal Exhibition, The French Cultural Center / Baghdad.
1998 - "Doubles and Allusions" Personal exhibition - Artms Gallery / Tunisia.
1998 - "Doubles and Allusions" Personal exhibition Ar-Ruwaaq Art Gallery / Bahrain.
1999 - Personal exhibition, the 1990s works of Art - Athar Art Gallery - Baghdad.
2001 - The General retrospective exhibition - Athar Art Gallery / Baghdad.
2003 - Personal exhibition - Biennal Al Chariqa
2003 - Personal exhbition - Dar El Andi, Amman
2003 - Personal exhibition - Gallery Bissan, Al Dawha
2004 - The artist passed away

Awards:

National Appreciation Prize, Cagne-sur-Mer International Festival, France, 1975; First Prize, International Festival, Baghdad, 1986, 81; SIPA and UIA Honorary Achievement Awards, 1987; Saddam Prize for Arts, 1986. Artwork in private and public collections including: SAC; Baghdad International Airport; NMMA; Shoman Foundation, Amman; Ghazi Sultan Hall, Kuwait; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris.

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Artworks

Books

البيانات الفنية في العراق
فصول من تاريخ الحركة التشكيلية في العراق
دراسات تأملية - شاكر حسن آل سعيد
جواد سليم الفنان والآخرون
حافظ الدروبي
سيرة اللامرئي في الرسم من أل سعيد الى هيمت

Videos

1992: Shaker Hassan al Said, Exhibition Walkthroug
1995: "Encompassing art from the singular per
1992: Shaker Hassan al Said talking about his work
"المعرض الشخصي الثالث" / مقدمة الفنان ال
Homage to Shakir Hassan تحيه لشاكر حسن ال سعيد
الفنان التشكيلي الرائد الراحل شاكر حسن ال سعيد
الفنان التشكيلي العراقي شاكر حسن أل سعد