JEHAN ALI | Iraq
Born in Baghdad, 1978. I am Iraqi! When I was a child I won the first prize for Child of the Gulf Drawing Competition held in Kuwait, 1989.
Then, wars tossed me like many others over the map, left me wondering: Why? The answer was unconvincing to the question, just that; evil is never smart.
In my family of doctors and engineers, I was supposed to be a doctor too. But I dropped out of medicine because I was a little bit creative and fell in love with art long long before. Art is life, it is the most beautiful universal language that silently speaks aloud. If pain accumulates to generate creativity, then art heals!
I studied Interior Design at the American University in Dubai. Class of 2001.
Married and a mother. At my home, in my kitchen, art stirs: Food and food for thought. Here, I cook, bake, draw, paint, read, write and take photos.
Then we moved again, and art purrs all over the house; in my mini studio, up & down the stairs, on my bed, out in the garden.
Currently, an author, and have published my first art book; DELVE An Artful Book by Jehan Ali. A series of poetic paintings, enfolding different stories, to wake up the world.
By now I know that I cannot be limited to one medium; lines and forms, my freedom of expression all come with the use of multiple mediums from: acrylics, oil crayons, inks, to coloured pencils, and charcoal. My paintings and collages, step between the abstract and surreal, bold and delicate, opaque and transparent, with a kaleidoscope of bright colours.
I have a gift and I am grateful.