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Persian culture is amongst the oldest in the world and its influence has been far and wide. Iran has a rich artistic heritage and today many Iranian artists are attracting international attention.
Persian culture is amongst the oldest in the world and its influence has been far and wide. Iran has a rich artistic heritage and today many Iranian artists are attracting international attention. Showcasing work of some of the best contemporary Iranian artists is the CAMA gallery in London’s St James Park. CAMA, which opened earlier this year, is the first gallery devoted to Iranian art. The gallery currently has its inaugural show called Sensation on display.
Afshin Pirhashemi I don’t need sex
The work of Iranian painter Afshin Pirhashemi exmaines the complexities of life in modern day Iran. Pirhashemi is fascinated by the role of women in contemporary society, and their relationships with the world around them. On sparse or empty backgrounds, his largely monochromatic, photo-realistic depictions nod to Gothic fantasy in an exploration of issues of social and political identity.
CAMA, which opened earlier this year, is the first gallery devoted to Iranian art.
Adel Younesi Untitled (b.1985)
The colours in my works date back to the history of 45-50-year old visual art’s culture in Iran, and the history of painting during the Saqqakhanesh School. In the school of Saqqakhanesh, colours had a grey theme, and more vibrant colours were much less used in works of art. Most figurative painters of this generation use colours warily, while I have the courage to use them more freely. One of the reasons for this is that using colours is compatible with my spirit. Many people describe my works as joyful.
In Hooman Derakhshandeh’s Venus series, behind the calm and poised surface of his paintings one can see and hear the silent screams of the girls ad women who for centuries have suffered repression under the heavy hands of our extreme patriarchal societies. Whether this suppression comes from outside or the sad self-censorship within, Derakhshandeh beautifully illustrates the pain with which these women live through, day in, day out.
Hooman Derakhshandeh Lorazepam
Mohammad Tabatabai Untitled