Bassim Al-Shaker's Phoenix Studio Robbed; 10 Paintings Stolen

This is one of the 10 paintings that was stolen from Bassim Al Shaker's studio.
This is one of the 10 paintings that was stolen from Bassim Al Shaker's studio.
Courtesy of ASU/Bassim Al Shaker

Bassim Al-Shaker's Phoenix art studio was robbed on the morning of Monday, August 18.

Ten paintings were stolen from Al-Shaker's space at Fourth and McKinley streets in the former location of Nancy Hill's Hazel & Violet. He's been painting there since July. The studio is a quick walk from his residence at Combine Studios, where the Iraqi-born creative formerly worked as an international artist in residence through ASU Art Museum.

Al-Shaker is reportedly devastated.

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Greg Esser, who works with Combine and ASU, has been helping Al-Shaker transition out of his Combine residency and into a full-time Phoenix resident. He says the total retail value of the stolen paintings is $40,000.

Pictures of some of the paintings that were stolen have been posted on the Facebook page of the ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency at Combine Studios ( Some of the paintings were completed recently and hadn't been photographed yet.

Along with the photos, a post encourages anyone who sees the stolen paintings or has any information that could lead to their recovery to call Crime Stop at 602-262-6151.

"He's really become part of our family," Esser says of Al-Shaker, adding that community fundraising efforts might follow.

In the meantime, the artist will start looking for a new studio space.

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