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Nourbakhsh works on the threshold between the traditional and the modern. Unconcerned with decorative arts, he strives for deeper meaning, reaching towards what he defines as 'the soul of the art'.
Born in 1986 in Shahr-e Kord, Iran, Mostafa Nourbakhsh is an award-winning painter and calligrapher. With a distinguished degree from the Iranian Calligraphy Association, he includes modern trends in the art of calligraphy, with intent of creating unique techniques that boldly and personally respond to the context in which they are produced. Uniquely, Nourbakhsh created his pieces in isolation, distancing himself from the commercial art world. As a result, his works seek to present a distinctly new understanding of the relationship between image and word. He prefers mixed media on canvas. Often working with a dark palette, he creates abstract calligraphy designs. Highly introspective, they explore forms of interiority through moment, shape and shading. He has held several solo shows and group exhibitions in Iran. He has also won first place ‘for the modern trend of calligraphy’ in the Second Festival of Art Centre Works and Productions in Tehran in 2008.
Mostafa Nourbakhsh, Untitled, mixed media relief on copper / Courtesy of CAMA and the artist
Mostafa Nourbakhsh, Untitled, mixed media relief on paper / Courtesy of CAMA and the artist
Nourbakhsh works on the threshold between the traditional and the modern. Unconcerned with decorative arts, he strives for deeper meaning, reaching towards what he defines as 'the soul of the art'. Whether in implementation, material, conception or form, his works call into question traditional understandings of calligraphy. His work offers a medium for contemplation for both those educated in the art of calligraphy and for those more largely interested in the communicative power of image and word alike.
Nourbakhsh is represented by CAMA Gallery, who following the success of their gallery in Tehran opened their new London space. Nourbakhsh’s work is on display in CAMA’s inaugural exhibition ’Sensation’.
The exhibition, entitled 'Sensation', is dedicated to contemporary artists from Iran. Whilst the works of all the artists are vastly diverse in theme and style, ranging from hyper-realistic painting to calligraphy, each piece selected aims to stimulate the senses of the viewer. The 19 artists are Mostafa Nourbakhsh, Bita Vakili, Meghdad Lorpour, Behrang Samadzadegan, Mojtaba Tajik, Flora Feizbakshsh, Samira Alikhanzadeh, Azra Aghighi Bakhshayeshi, Saeid Ahmadzadeh, Morteza Pourhosseini, Elham Yazdanian, Babak Roshaninejad, Ali Nedaei, Tahereh Samadi Tari, Ojan Shirozhan, Fereydoon Omidi, Maryam Salour, Mohsen Jamalinik and Mohammad Tabatabai.
Mostafa Nourbakhsh, Smoke, mixed media on paper / Courtesy of CAMA and the artist
Mostafa Nourbakhsh, Fishes, mixed media on cardboard, 2004 / Courtesy of CAMA and the artist
The exhibition ’Sensation’ is on view at CAMA Gallery in London until June 20, 2018.