Ismail Fatah Al Turk

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The guardian of the Fertile Crescent
The Guardian of the Fertile Crescent by Ismail Fatah Al Turk from outside of the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar

Ismail Fatah Al-Turk ("Ismail Fatah") (1934–2004) was an Iraqi painter and sculptor from Basra, Iraq.

He received degrees in painting and sculpture from the Baghdad Institute of Fine Arts and a degree in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.

He held six exhibition for sculpture and five exhibitions for paintings in Rome, Baghdad and Beirut.

He is the winner of first prize for Arab artists in Italy.

He is a member of Baghdad group (1957) and the Al-Zawia group.

Fatah taught sculpture at the Baghdad Institute of Fine Arts.

Fatah is also known for bronze statues of Marouf Al-Rasafi, an Iraqi nationalist poet of the 1940s, of the Abbasid poet Abu Nuwas, and of Abbasid painter Al Wasety.

He has designed and executed several monuments and statues in Baghdad, the most famous of which is the turquoise blue split dome of the Al-Shaheed Monument (Martyrs' Monument), completed in 1983.

While living and working in Qatar, Fatah contracted cancer. He returned to Baghdad where he died 21 July 2004.

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