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Ane Mohammad Tatari - Turkoman Magic

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran


The Mah gallery in Tehran ( offers artists one of the largest private spaces to show their work, those who work on large size canvases need not to worry about a lack of space.  I love the little hoze (pond) in the front of the gallery when you walk down a few steps in front of which there is a book for visitors to make their comments.  The owner is Mrs. Shahnaz Khonsari ( who has done a great job in setting up the gallery.  Mr. Ane Mohammad Tatari’s recent exhibition was full of color and form. 



This Turkoman  painter who was born in Gonbad-Kavous, where people use a lot of red color because he said they mainly live on a plain, has a most intriguing and interesting way of blending modernity and tradition.  He said that he is very dedicated to his tribe and country and his work is a representation of his affiliation and affection.  



In his work he brings out his culture and tradition which like Turkeman carpets are abstract.  In an interview he mentioned that “People in my paintings are waiting for God” and when one looks at his work, with people shaped in curved forms, mostly women, standing up; one begins to see what he means.  In the same interview he says that he creates everything in a new form and technique and through his work he tries to communicate with the viewer.




Mr. Tatari teaches painting at Tehran universities and has had many exhibitions in Iran and abroad.  Some of his works are at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Imam Ali Museum in Tehran and the British Museum in London, as well as embassies in Tehran among many others.




I loved the forms and the colors of Mr. Tatari’s work and I felt touched by his shy abstract colorful style and his feral and intense sense with which he communicates and reaches out to his audience.



I have a few pictures here for you to draw your own judgment.


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