Ismail Azzam: For Them

An Artist's Tribute

For Them is a personal tribute to 15 late and great Arab painters and sculptors by Iraqi artist Ismail Azzam, through realistic charcoal portraits.

Audiences are invited to come and see these respected artists as Ismail Azzam sees them, at Qatar Museums Gallery Katara from 26 April to 31 August 2015. 

The late and the great

The exhibition presents Ismail Azzam's personal tribute to 15 Arab painters and sculptors from across the Arab world, including Qatar, Egypt and Palestine. 

It pays a personal tribute to the memory of these great Arab masters through realistic charcoal portraits created especially for this exhibition and offers the opportunity to see a more personal view of the Arab world’s past great artists. The entire body of work has been made exclusively for this show.

Jassem Zaini, Qatari painter
Jassem Zaini, Qatari painter (1942 - 2012). Charcoal on paper, 200cm x 200cm, Private Collection

About the Artist

Having studied fine art extensively and presented several exihitions in Iraq and throughout the Arab world in the past, Iraqi artist Ismail Azzam relocated to Qatar in 1996.

He was initially a resident painter at the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, and during his stay joined The Plastic Art Exhibitions, developed by Qatar Fine Art Society. Later on in 2005, he continued working as a painter with Qatar Museums, then becoming curator of the future Orientallist Museum. These days, Ismail is the director of the Amiri Diwan Museum Project and also a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.


Our Public Art team are running education programmes alongside the exhibition, including school visits and family workshops. Visit our Education Hub to find out more

The eyes are my windows to know whom I draw
Ismail Azzam

Plan your visit

For Them, by Ismail Azzam, is on view until August 31, 2015. View the opening times of Qatar Museums Gallery Katara and plan your visit now.

Ismail Azzam at work

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