About the print
Fatma Mahma Arush
Drawn by the artist Aia Leu in 1989 – this is a signed fine art print of the portrait of Fatma Mahma Arush – from the book Berber Tattooing.
Printed on beautiful quality Hahnemüele Hemp 290gm paper with archival inks, the art print is mounted and sealed. The total size is A4, ready to frame.
Berber Tattooing is a unique and tender record of the tribal skin art of Morocco’s Middle Atlas. The result of a series of chance encounters, Felix & Loretta’s Leu’s road trip in 1988, opened a doorway into the intimate world of the women of the Berber tribes. In this book, the women tell their individual stories, revealing the traditions of the tattoo in their culture, together with insights into the lives that they led.
Sensitively captured in drawings from the time, by Aia Leu, the faces of the Berber women speak of a tribal culture that was fast disappearing, even then. As tattoo artists themselves, Felix and Loretta were able to find a common ground with the Berber families, gaining unprecedented access into this sparsely documented Berber art form.
This book of previously unpublished work, collected nearly thirty years ago is a tribute, to the art of tattoo, to tradition, to family and to love.
About the Artist
Aia Leu is an artist born in 1971. As a young girl, she studied figure painting in Vevey, Switzerland. Her grandmother was Swiss artist Eva Aeppli. Aia’s work draws directly from her multicultural and bohemian upbringing. Her work is particularly influenced by both her years spent as a child in India, and the richness of the Irish landscape. She moved to Kenmare in Ireland in 1989 and is based from her studio in the mountains near the town.
Her work is in private collections worldwide, she has had solo shows and contributed to group shows internationally. Recently her work was on exhibit as a part of ‘Leu Family Art’ at the Museum Tinguely Basel in Switzerland in 2021.
View or buy her paintings here www.aialeu.com