Artwork explanation

Parviz Kalantari’s artworks are like a visual poem, created from the soil. His thatched paintings are demand for utopia; a promised land, full of relaxation, balance and beauty, which, continuously, can be seen in his artworks. This is the concept that we have seen in his artworks for many years. An attempt for recreating a land, an ideal place, which is unclear, whether the artist has dreamed it or created it in his imagination. Occasionally, it has been said that Kalantari’s artworks have been created followed by the nostalgia traditional or rural monuments, which recreates the desert architecture or restores the lost Iranian urban texture. Although some f the signs and symbols in his painting may refer to the architectural elements of Iranian rural and desert texture, but generally it is obvious that his artworks had been created followed by revelation of a deeper world, beyond the Iranian native architecture. The truth of the places in his artworks is more general and more unknown, than we can follow its concepts in the traditional architecture. As seen in this painting, Kalantari’s thatched artworks, which mostly created using this material, have long been known and now, have an iconic aspect. In his artworks, the visual aspect is flat, in tangible way and spatial relations are Cubist and using classical perspective is largely avoided. Also, there is no colour in his artworks, but the colour of original material; colours can be observed in his artworks, rarely, which are very limited and shows the desire of the artist in creating single colour painting. Both tendencies are driven by the values of modern art

Expert Opinion

“I see the utopia, in which, everything is in balance and organized, in this artwork. Kalantari, at the beginning, defamiliarizes everything in audience’s mind. The desert has a deep meaning in our minds, but we do not see this desert as a representative of the reality, which is in our mind. He presents something, which is not related to the past, but to the future. He creates an infinite texture in his artworks, a texture which is completely abstract and terrestrial, without the horizon line, that connects the sky to the earth. He also uses non-classic perspectives in this series of artworks.”

Exhibition history

CAMA Gallery | Parviz Kalantari | Exhibition | CAMA Gallery Opening Ceremony

London Gallery

CAMA Gallery Opening Ceremony

group exhibition, 28 November - 01 January

Other works by Parviz Kalantari

CAMA Gallery | Parviz Kalantari | Untitled

Parviz Kalantari (b.1931)

Untitled , 2012

Signed, 2012 Oil and straw on canvas 100 x 150 cm

Parviz Kalantari

Untitled - 2009

Line and Relevance series Acrylic and straw on canvas 65 x 99 x 2 cm Frame depth 72 x 106 x 5 cm Signed on lower left CoA no. 1711141401209

OAR No. 101987 This artwork is unique


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