For nearly a decade, Serwan Baran has employed the figure of the dog as the central motif in his work. Drawing on its multifarious, and at times, ambiguous role across mythologies, Baran shifts the dog’s function between guardian, beast, weapon and friend. While in some of Baran’s paintings, the figure of the dog serves to comment on the ferocity of the American military forces, it is also used elsewhere to investigates the role of guardian performed by a figure such as Anubis in assisting the human soul’s transition to the afterlife. The dog is the link between life and death, or rather, life and the afterlife. In Baran’s gradual shift from 19th century realism, the human figure has receded. However, what remains in his more gestural work is the expression of the human’s animality.
Baran is a member of several artist associations including, the International Association of Art, the Iraqi Fine Artists Association and the International Network for Contemporary Iraqi Artists.