Stop by ARTfactory during First Friday and check out our featured gallery artist in action! Lukman's solo exhibit "Painted Musings" is also available for viewing inside of ARTfactory's Gallery.
ARTfactory is pleased to present “Painted Musings” an exhibition featuring a series of paintings by American-Kurdish artist Lukman Ahmad. The paintings in this exhibit were inspired by classic Kurdish folkloric singing, or Kurdish “epics”. Kurdish music is a central part of Kurdish culture, and epics are considered unique to Kurdistan. Traditionally, Kurdish folk songs are passed down orally, from generation to generation as a means of preserving cultural history. Kurdish songs range from historical stories to epic tales, and from lyrical poems to literary works. Most epic songs are associated with action, adventure, love stories, and even heroic themes, such as the Kurdish uprisings for independence.
About the Artist
Lukman Ahmad is an American-Kurdish artist living in Manassas Park, Virginia. Ahmad first came to the United States in 2010 as a refugee. He is self-educated and began creating art in 1986, while still living in Syria. Ahmad has exhibited in over 100 exhibits in various countries, such as: Syria, Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Switzerland. He combines symbolism, imagination, color, and rhythm, to transport the viewer into the world he lived in and the emotions he witnessed. Ahmad’s art expresses the rich history and culture of the Kurds, and adds a new experience to American art and culture. Visit VirginiaARTfactory.org for more info.