Salim Mathkour

Doha, Qatar

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My artistic search originated from the culture of Maysan, in southern Iraq, where I grew up. Even after so many years, I can still breathe the smell of mud and the marshes of my native town. However, my style has been taking shape through the past three decades since the time when I left Baghdad in 1993 and over the years after, first Jordan and later in Qatar. My art bears the footprint of the pain caused by immigration. My work expresses the condition of an Iraqi exile, the human tragedy, and memories of my childhood. My roots also taught me also how to see and capture on the canvas the utmost beauty of life – the dazzle of a natural landscape or the innocence of a woman peacefully asleep with a book on her lap. Painting is a feat of the mind and soul. I feel through things and manifest them on the canvas, capturing their innermost essence. For this reason, my approach is contemplative. I meditate on the surface of the work and focus on achieving simplicity in lines and richness in color through the use of oil paint or play with the fluidity and finesse of watercolors. I am forever fascinated with the ductility and versatility that the medium affords and the many more hidden secrets it holds.

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Men From The Marshes

Watercolor on Paper

11" x 13.5"

$600

Man From The South

Oil on Canvas

37.5" x 43.5"

$7000

Boy From The Marshes

Oil on Canvas

37.5" x 43.5"

$7000

Marshes 1

Print on Giclee

27.5" x 55"

$2400

Limited Edition of 10

Marshes 2

Print on Giclee

27.5" x 55"

$2400

Limited Edition of 10

Landscape

Watercolor on Paper

27.5" x 31.5"

$1800

Memories

Print on Giclee

27.5" x 31.5"

$1800

Limited Edition of 10

Sisters

Print on Giclee

27.5" x 31.5"

$1800

Limited Edition of 10

White

Print on Giclee

31.5" x 35.5"

$2000

Limited Edition of 10

Mashoof (Boat) 1

Print on Giclee

11" x 13.5"

$950

Limited Edition of 10

Mashoof (Boats) 2

Print on Giclee

11" x 13.5"

$950

Limited Edition of 10

By The Tigris River

Print on Giclee

16" x 23.5"

$1350

Limited Edition of 10

Women From The Marshes

Watercolor on Paper

11" x 13.5"

$500

SOLD

Mesopotamia Marshes

Oil on Canvas

31.5" x 35.5"

$7000

SOLD

Seascape

Watercolor on Paper

12" x 15.5"

$800

SOLD

Girl From The Marshes

Oil on Canvas

27.5" x 35.5"

$5000

SOLD