Wednesday 5th December 2018-Tuesday 5th February 2019
Private View – Tuesday 4th December 2018 6pm – 9pm
Tel – 02088018577 – Artist – 07976608620
Brief Biography – Sadiq Toma is a British Iraqi artist born in Baghdad. He obtained a Diploma at the Institute of Fine Art in Baghdad in 1974 and later completed his Master’s Degree (MA) in Fine Art at Middlesex University (UK) in 2005.
In the early years, Sadiq was an illustrator and poster designer for the Iraqi Institute of Antiquities (Iraqi Museum) in Baghdad. And he has worked for a number of different publications as a freelance illustrator, television animator and graphic designer both in Baghdad and the UK. In recent years, Sadiq has been a self-employed artist providing education in the arts to adults and for school programmes.
National and International Exhibitions Sadiq has participated in many national and international exhibitions since 1974 in Iraq, London, Leicester, Dublin, Sheffield, Scotland, Japan, Korea, Denmark, Sharijh (UAE), America, France, and Finland. He has also held solo exhibitions in London, Scotland, France, Denmark, Germany, Abu Dhabi, Sharijh (UAE), Jeddah, Riyadh (Saud iArabia) and the Maldives. Sadiq has an upcoming exhibition in Italy in June 2019.
Sadiq Toma is an Iraqi artist living in London – I admire his intensely realised images, all of them square, which give little away. At first glance, they appear abstract. As one looks at them more closely, they appear abstract in the sense that they may be “abstracted from” some reality – as Mondrian began by abstracting from a tree. In these small, powerful works by Toma, there could be a reality – a tree, a river, a tower block. Perhaps. But at the same time, they have a presence simply in their own right, as powerfully material statements in paint, packed with colour and energy.
Towards the end of the show, there will be a reading by Fawzi Karim from his new book of Poems – Incomprehensible Lesson. Details to be announced later.
At The Room, 33 Holcombe Road, Tottenham Hale, London N17 9AS