SADDAM JUMAILY

Born in 1974 in Basra, Iraq. Lives and work in Jordan.

Saddam has participated previously in various thematic group exhibitions. His unique style is both raw and captivating and deals with transforming the mundane and routine into something dynamic, and out of the ordinary with his painting. Saddam's external representations are reflections of his inner life; his paintings are filled with strange animal like, dream-like forms. This" inner self" deconstruction is externalized through various forms that hovers consistently throughout his work and he would argue around us in real life, following us wherever we may be in our day-to-day activities and moods. This September, Saddam with this exhibition will mark a turning point as he fills the entire gallery with major new and interesting outworks.
While his technique is an important part of both the visual and conceptual behind his work, these pieces on their own exist in an imaginary world. The composition of the pieces is dictated mainly by strong characters and as a leitmotiv the apparition of a strange symbolic animal.

EXHIBITIONS

  • SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2014: “Dialogue Degree Zero | Part II”, ARTSAWA, Dubai, UAE
  • 2013 “Dialogue Degree Zero”, ARTSAWA, Dubai, UAE
  • 2013 “Daily Life”, Orfali Gallery, Amman, Jordan
  • 2011 “Household Tunes”, Dar Al-Anda Gallery, Amman, Jordan

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2016: Nabad Gallery, Amman, Jordan
  • 2016: “Secret Cards”, Art Duabi, via Royal College of Art, Dubai, UAE
  • 2015: Beirut Art Fair, Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2013 Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • 2013 Painting Symposium, Orient Hall, Ministry of Culture, Amman, Jordan
  • 2013 “Iraqi Art”, Qatara Center, Al Ain, UAE
  • 2012 “Contemporary Iraqi Art”, Sultan Bin Ali Owais Establishment, Dubai, UAE
  • 2012 Dar Al-Anda Gallery Amman, Jordan
  • 2011 Fourteen Gallery, Amman, Jordan
  • 2011 Foresight Gallery, Amman, Jordan
  • 2011 Painting Symposium, Orient Hall, Ministry of Culture, Amman, Jordan

PRIZES

  • 2015 & 2016: Recipient of the Rescue Fund Scholarship, Awarded by the Institute of International Education, Washington, D.C., USA.
  • 2008 Expert young artists’ awards, Iraqi Plastic Artists society, Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2008 The annual contest of Ishtar -Young Artists , Plastic Art Iraqi Association, Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2001 State Incentive Award, Ministry of culture, Baghdad, Iraq

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • 2016: “The Side of The Photo: A Question of Originality in Arab Contemporary Art”, Arab Publishers’ Association, Amman, Jordan
  • 2012 The Effectiveness of the Aesthetic Discourse: Applications in the Iraqi Plastic Arts, Dar Al Adeeb, Amman, Jordan
  • 2012 The Disclosure of the Optical Text, a study in the overlap of the Plastic Arts (A Draft)

EDUCATION

  • 2012 Member of Selection Committee, Fall Gallery of Masters Artists, Amman, Jordan
  • 2003-08 Editor in Manara Magazine, Arts Section, Iraq (writer of several essays and studies in Iraqi and Arab newspapers and magazines
  • Member of Iraqi Plastic Artists
  • Member of Jordanian Plastic Artists
  • Graphic Designer for a number of publishing houses (including Dhifaf House, Qatar and Moment House, London, UK)
  • 2006 Painter of Dubai Cultural Magazine, UAE
  • Lecturer at the Fine Arts College, Basra University, Iraq
  • MA in Fine Arts, Painting Department, College of Fine Arts, Basra University, Iraq
  • 1999-2000 Bachelor in Plastic Arts, Painting Department, College of Fine Arts, Basra University, Iraq