Ismail Fatah Al-Turk

 

 

Age: 69

 

Summary: Iraqi abstract artist considered a leader in the country's modern art renaissance who is best known for his turquoise Martyr's Monument, a giant sculpture of two halves of an egg that surround a twisted Iraqi flag that symbolized allowing anguished souls of the dead to soar free, whose devotion to his art and lack of political affiliation was said to have saved him from the wrath of Saddam Hussein.

 

 

Cause of Death: Cancer

 

Born: 1934

 

Died: July 21, 2004

 

Location: Baghdad, Iraq