Artist dedicates paintings to Beirut victims

Iraqi artist pays tribute to Lebanon

Location: Basra, Iraq

Hussein al-Nijar has painted canvases

that recreate the devastation

caused by a blast in Beirut

to show his solidarity

with the Lebanese people

al-Nijar has painted specific scenes

in eight expressive and abstract paintings

(SOUNDBITE (Arabic) ARTIST, HUSSEIN AL-NIJAR, SAYING: "These paintings are all based on real images, which I was able to turn into expressive and abstract art. One painting is of the bride of Beirut who was having her picture taken when the blast hit. That event really affected me, so I painted a piece based on her."