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Artwork explanation


The artist has removed the impossibilities, using beautiful and nice brilliant colours, and has uncovered the mystery of the fantasy world of mind. In his paintings, he challenges the logic of the viewers, which is already fixed in their mind. Except of a few paintings, in which the composition of the elements turns into a strange connection with visual narrative and induces the sense of artificiality to the audience, in the most of his works, these parts play their significant roles well to present the wonderland, which the artist tries to depict.

The colours in my works go back to the history of 45 – 50 years old visual art’s culture in Iran, and the history of painting during Saqqakhaneh School. In the school of Saqqakhaneh, colours had a grey theme, and brilliant colours were less used in artworks. After that era, a well-known painter, Hannibal Alkhas, began working, who has performed perfectly in choosing colours. I really believe in him being a teacher. I have never been a student of his, but I know that he has trained some good students like Ahmad Vakili. I have seen Vikili’s works, who was using blue colours with a courage, which the painters of the generations before him did not dare to use, or they were using blue colours much less. 

The fact that I choose colourful theme and especially colourful background for my works, is because of the prospect that I have in my mind. I would like the painters of the next generation, by looking at my works understand the difference of colours in painting of the generation before them. Most of figurative painters in this generation use colours warily, while I have the courage to use colours freely, and one of the reasons is that using colours is compatible with my spirit. Many people say my works are joyful. Mr. Aghdashlou, about my works says that in the painting by Adel Younesi, there is no blood running out someone’s nose and no one is ill, and everyone is busy with some work energetically. This is a perfectly correct attitude towards my work. However, my work has a bitter side too, and this bitter side appears once the audience places himself as one of the subjects in the painting. As an instance, I have a work with attractive colours, in which, a church is drowned in water and everything is destroying. Perhaps, if someone places himself in one of the subject’s position, it would be kind of scary for him. A friend of mine, about my work, said that your works are somehow native surrealist, which means that the elements you choose, are familiar to the audience, but at the same time, the audience will be placed in an unusual position, by seeing your works. It was a very interesting interpretation for me. 

I love the theme of peace in my paintings. Even if I paint a predatory animal, I will not paint it hunting, rather my attention is on the more sensible view of animals, and I portray on the canvas the predator animals in the position of friends with weaker animals. I do not have much faith in fighting, because I have come from a generation, who has seen the destructiveness of the war.


Expert Opinion

“Life goes smoothly, and on the other side of the big river, it becomes more and more true. A reality of that sort, that the existing reality in front of it, is nothing but a shadow.” Lewis Carroll

These are the opposite desires, which come to coexistence, unconsciously. The unconscious energies are getting combined and by forming new shapes, move in a dynamic process. In fact, our dreams are the result of a transformation of a though into an experience, which Freud refers to, as the “Representation of Object”. In his opinion, human seeks pleasure, unconsciously, and with a little need for considering reality, he simply states his pleasure in imaginations and in the form of dreams. Everyday images, memories and experiences that have been acquired with five senses, are blended with the background of mental imaginations and causing psychological motivation; but the subconscious mind is always seeking hardly a feasible way for escaping from the supervision of conscious mind. This is the reason that moving away from reality, and drowning in fantasy and dream, has always been a pleasure for human. 

In Adel Younesi’s works, a relation not that strong, between past and present, can be observed. The atmosphere in his works, more refers to an imaginary and fantasy world, rather than common sense, and not the subconscious mind. By collecting numerous subjects in unusual places, and using diverse colours, creating depth and fabulous lights presents an imaginary atmosphere. An atmosphere which reminds the viewer of daydreaming and sweet jokes. The artist in his painting, tries to link situations, which from no point have any similarities, but at the same time each one is well positioned.

The artist has removed the impossibilities, using beautiful and nice brilliant colours, and has uncovered the mystery of the fantasy world of mind. In his paintings, he challenges the logic of the viewers, which is already fixed in their mind. Except of a few paintings, in which the composition of the elements turns into a strange connection with visual narrative and induces the sense of artificiality to the audience, in the most of his works, these parts play their significant roles well to present the wonderland, which the artist tries to depict. Ensi Torabi


Exhibition history

CAMA Gallery | Adel Younesi | Exhibition | SENSATION

London Gallery

SENSATION

group exhibition, 05 April - 20 June


Other works by Adel Younesi

CAMA Gallery | Adel Younesi | Abraham Lincoln

Adel Younesi (b.1985)

Abraham Lincoln , 2015

Signed, 2015 Oil and acrylic on canvas

CAMA Gallery | Adel Younesi | Untitled

Adel Younesi (b.1985)

Untitled , 2016

Signed, 2016 Acrylic and oil on canvas

Adel Younesi

Untitled - 2016

Acrylic and oil on canvas Signed on top CoA no. 1803142101365

OAR No. 102177 This artwork is unique

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