Artwork explanation

These artworks, are result of years of research and exploration; The years, in which, I was not influenced by anyone and even I was not trying to open a book or see any pictures. At first, I was focusing on epic cases, and then focused on mosques, their tiles and decorations. Afterwards, I was commissioned to design the interior of the Red Cross’ conference hall, where, under influence of the mentioned places, I decorated the walls with pottery. I have worked on them, that hard, that I know every detail. All the creatures, horses, movements, all, are in my mind, and have not been imitated or copied from anywhere. I have concluded, that people, who had created painting, thousands of years ago, were so powerful, informed and intelligent; the people, we call as industrialist not artist. Those industrialists, were created artworks, which had been part of their life’s preliminary stuff. They created beautiful artworks, which had been the product of their flourish mind. They must have been highly knowledgeable to create such these artworks. In one of the villages in Qom, Iran, called “Kahak”, there are blacksmith, who seem to belong to five or six thousand year ago.

Expert Opinion

After Qajar came to power, the art of painting in Iran, began to wane and even by the help of master artists such as Sani al-Molk and Kamal al-Molk, it could not grow as it was expected to. With the advent of the new era, there were changes and reforms in Iran that changed all types and classes of society. At that time, Iranian artists were divided into two groups. The first group was included of artists, who did not pay much attention to their native culture, and their artworks were influenced by Western Art; they were fascinated by Western Art, and were struggling to imitate Western artists. The second group was included of the artists, who turned their attention to Iranian Art and created a combination of tradition and modernity; some of them, later, created the school of Saqqakhaneh.

Saqqakhaneh was a movement, which could link the Western modern art to indigenous Iranian art and by combining the Iranian national and religious elements, created a fresh style. Due to strangeness of Saqqakhaneh School and its innovation, it was soon considered by the artists, in the entire world. Masoud Arabshahi could be mentioned as an artist, who has never considered himself as a member of Saqqakhaneh School.

In Masoud Arabeshahi's artworks, there are no known signs and elements that were used in Saqqakhaneh. Arabshahi is an artist, who creates simple geometric shapes, with his own structure and sees the world, differently. Utilization of the golden colour, which is known in Iranian art and culture and is a holy colour used by Manichaeans and afterwards, used in Iranian art, was observed in his artworks; and this is how Arabshahi, with the art of his hands, delivers many concepts from ancient Iranian culture and represent them in a modern way, which is unique to himself.

Shayan Shaban

Exhibition history

CAMA Gallery | Massoud Arabshahi | Exhibition | CAMA Gallery Opening Ceremony

London Gallery

CAMA Gallery Opening Ceremony

group exhibition, 28 November - 01 January

Massoud Arabshahi

Untitled - 1999

Mixed media on board 65 x 47 x 2 cm Frame depth 90 x 70 x 3 cm Signed on lower left CoA no. 1711131609258

OAR No. 101991 This artwork is unique



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