Perpetual motion, repetitive patterns, order and expansion were all concepts Zeid explored throughout her abstract career. As well as in her expansive canvas paintings, in Zeid’s smaller, mixed media works such as Untitled
you can see the artist working through these concepts and creating different responses to her task of capturing something that is in a state of flux.
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Mixed media on paper 70 x 51 cm © Raad bin Zeid Collection Photo: Laval Studio, courtesy Raad bin Zeid Collection
Fahrelnissa Zeid is best known for her densely filled abstract works, and stylised portraits in later life. She was born in Istanbul in 1901 into an elite family of statesmen and intellectuals and later married into the Hashemite royal family of Iraq. She became one of the first female modern painters in Turkey, joining the d group – an influential group of progressive Turkish avant-garde artists. Widely travelled, Zeid exhibited her work in London, Paris, Brussels, New York and Jordan.