Muayad Muhsin: After the Storm

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The Paintings of Muayad Muhsin

(American Collection)

The first United States exhibition of paintings by Iraqi surrealist artist Muayad Muhsin was held at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in Clarksville, Tennessee.  This "American Collection" consisted of 21 oil on canvas and two watercolor pieces. The exhibition ended May 27, 2006. The Museum has no contact with the artist. His last known e-mail address is muayadmuhsin@yahoo.com

Muayad Muhsin: The Story of Two Temples Muayad Muhsin: Love Street
The Story of Two Temples Love Street
   
Muayad Muhsin: After the Flood Muayad Muhsin: Marching to War
After the Flood Marching to War
   
Muayad Muhsin: Harp Remains Muayad Muhsin: An Excursion on Terra Firma
Harp Remains An Excursion on Terra Firma
   
Muayad Muhsin: Returning from Al Warka (Uruk) Muayad Muhsin: Deliberation Room
Returning from Al Warka (Uruk) Deliberation Room
   
Muayad Muhsin: Gudea is Dying Muayad Muhsin: Aftermath of the Flood
Gudea is Dying Aftermath of the Flood
   
Muayad Muhsin: A Silent Dialogue Muayad Muhsin: Awaiting the Unknown
A Silent Dialogue Awaiting the Unknown
   
Muayad Muhsin: Return from War Muayad Muhsin: A Place in Grief
Return from War A Place in Grief
   
Muayad Muhsin: The Back Door of the Temple Muayad Muhsin: Remainders of Conquests
The Back Door of the Temple Remainders of Conquests

About the Artist

Muayad Muhsin was born April 19, 1964 in Babylon, Iraq. He recalls becoming fascinated by color and line and beginning to draw at the age of 4. As a child, Muhsin saw the road between home and school as a “heaven for studying my objects, the birds, the cats, our old couch, the school yard and the dumpster place.” Frequently advised by others who “did not understand the arts,” Muhsin was told to leave drawing because it “was no good and doesn’t earn you money and to look for something else which can be used to fill the stomach.”

 Muhsin received his art education at the Art Institute of Baghdad from 1979-1984, of which he says, “The days of study at the Institute were the golden years of my life as my talent grew despite my hard time living with national unrest and pressure on the mental freedoms from the bloody dictatorship and his regime.”

 After finishing his studies at the Institute, Muhsin was drafted into the military and forced to fight in the Iran-Iraq War from 1984-89 and the Kuwait War from 1990-91. Muhsin says, “During my military service, the paint brush never touched my hand nor did the pen to draw.”

 During the 1990s, Muhsin faced periods of being homeless and jobless, but managed to hold onto his determination to be a painter. He sold his works in galleries and the market area of Al-Karada in Baghdad.

 The works of Muayad Muhsin are rich with symbolism of the Mesopotamian region, set in theatrical and cinematic scenes. In an article in Al Mutamar newspaper (July 29, 2003), Salam Harba writes, “Muayad has built his world using the remains of the ancient world, the remains of myths, the thoughts, values.”

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