about

Athier Mousawi is a British Iraqi visual artist whose work over recent years has centred on posing unanswerable questions against undefined answers and forming a visual narrative between the two. Since graduating from Central St. Martins, London in 2007, the subject of much of his work has been Iraq and his diasporic relationship to his intrinsic yet foreign homeland. Of the main constructs used within Athier's painting the initial response is that of scale and colour which guide the viewer through his compositions. Symbolism in these large scale paintings are weaved through layers of organic figurative and geometric Islamic forms. Large shapes frame moments of detail, acting like windows into another, very personal place, which the viewer is invited into. Although predominantly a painter, hiss more graphic drawing style uses similar devices of surrounding intense narrative with rigid forms.

Separate to his artistic practice, Athier has worked extensively as an educator within the UK and on the field. For three consecutive years from 2007 Athier worked as British Museum arab artist in residence working in schools throughout the UK. He was selected as the Chasing Mirrors artist in residence by The National Portrait Gallery for 2011, leading workshops in community centres through London. As well as a major collaborative exhibition, Chasing Mirrors was a platform for educational projects with the gallery which ran parallel to the three months of the exhibition. In 2012, Athier worked in a number of refugee camps as a workshop leader in Beirut, Istanbul, Amman and Jarash. In 2014, invited by The Palestinian Museum, Athier led artists workshops in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Ramallah. Athier currently lives and works in London

    2017
  • After Denudation,
    Ayyam Gallery, Beirut
    2016
  • Machine Hearts,
    Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE
    2014
  • Man Of War,
    EOA. Projects, London
  • Improbable Posibilities,
    Ayyam Gallery, London
    2013
  • The Birth and Destruction of an Eagle II,
    Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
  • Thrill me,
    Ayyam Gallery, Beirut
    2012
  • Modern and Contemporary Arab, Turkish and Iranian Art, Part II,
    Christie's, Dubai, UAE
  • The Circle,
    Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
  • Domination, Hegemony and the Panopticon,
    Traffic Gallery, Dubai, UAE
    2011
  • Right Here Right Now,
    Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
  • Start November show,
    Park Hyatt, Dubai, UAE
  • JAMM February show,
    Kuwait
  • Fragmented Events: New works by ATHIER,
    Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
  • Mir Faberge,
    The Royal Academy, London, UK
  • Art Beat,
    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Chasing Mirrors: My Portrait Shape by Shape,
    National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • Tashkent International Art Bienalle,
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    2010
  • Kalimat,
    Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
  • New Art From The Middle East,
    Redchurch Gallery, London, UK
  • Beirut Art Residency, Beirut, 2015
  • MATHAF, Qatar, 2013
  • Start Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon, 2012
  • Start Foundation, Amman, Jordan, 2012
  • National Portrait Gallery, London, 2011
  • Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Dubai, 2011
  • Cite internationale des arts, Al Mansouriyah Foundation, Paris, 2010 - 2012
  • British Museum, London, 2007 - 2009