Moutashar graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad in 1966 and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1970. Born in Hilla, Iraq (1943) Moutasher migrated to France in the late 1960s, where he currently works and resides in the southern city of Arles. The coalescence of his time spent between East and West transpires significantly across his works, where his two cultural affiliations are evident. This 1979 work is a perfect representation of how Moutashar’s art is influenced by aesthetics of western geometric abstraction in conjunction with traditional Islamic linearism and decorative motifs. The work ultimately forsakes literal representations for its own complex and hyper-vision geometric abstraction, yet the aesthetics of both East and Western influences remain evident.
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