Opening Night: Paul Batou Solo Art Exhibition
Join us on Friday, March 16, 2018 at for the opening night of Paul Batou Solo Art Exhibition entitled “Poems & Colors.” Paul Batou is a California-based artist native to Iraq. He completed his degree in pharmaceutical studies in 1982, but would flee his hometown seven years later due to the Iran-Iraq War. Today, Batou is both a painter and a poet known for his unique style who takes inspiration from the stories of Assyrian immigrants.
“Art has been both a personal journey and a search for freedom. It has been my reflection on the beauty of life and the impression of humanity upon nature. As a native Iraqi of Assyrian heritage; the love, peace, and freedom are what I miss the most about my homeland. The indigenous people of Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran have been denied basic human rights as we face persecution on every level. Our culture was destroyed, our language has almost disappeared, and our people exiled. Our hope lies in a new freedom we have found; to begin the process of revival. Poems and Colors is a show about art and revival.” —Paul Batou
Doors open at 6:00pm. A poetry reading by Batou will follow at 7:00pm. He will also sign copies of his memoir My Last Thoughts About Iraq.
Admission is free. Drinks and hors d’oeurves will be served.
Studio Gallery @ AUAF
4343 W. Touhy Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL 60712