TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (Mehr News Agency) -- Veteran painter Iran Darroudi expressed her pleasure over the fact that Iranian paintings are currently experiencing fame and fortune worldwide.
On the occasion of the "Seven Views" exhibit underway at Isfahan's Museum of Contemporary Art, Darroudi said that painting is gradually turning into a profession in Iran and people are now able to make a living through their artistic endeavors.
She went on to say, "In my time, as a budding artist, I had to supplement my income by taking on several jobs because paintings had no value and artists had no financial support. I am happy that this situation has now changed."
With reference to her tableau "Rooted in the Sky", on display in the "Seven Views" exhibit, she explained, "This painting is a surreal work which I created almost 30 years ago and which was once displayed in an exhibit in Casablanca. I have since made slight changes to the painting and it is now on show again after all these years.
"I love this particular work and it is actually one which I created during a most significant era of my profession. It is the sort of creation which artists want to keep as long as they live. It's priceless to me and I don't want to sell it. I sent this work to Isfahan simply to show my respect to the people of that city who arranged a wonderful exhibit for me there five years ago."
She continued, "In the first 'Seven Views' exhibit in Tehran, some people complained about the high prices of my works, but they were unaware of the money being exchanged for artworks in Arab countries, Europe and the United States. It is the duty of veteran artists like me to try to increase the value of artworks as much as we can."
Darroudi also commented on the position of Iranian artworks in the world, saying, "Iranian painting has become an international phenomenon and therefore the price of an artwork by an Iranian artist must be the same inside and outside the country, otherwise painting will gradually lose its market."
She also expressed hope that Tehran's second exhibit of "Seven Views", scheduled to be held in February, will be effective in promoting painting within Iran.
Isfahan's "Seven Views" exhibit, which began on November 29, will continue until December 13.
Darroudi was born on September 2, 1936 in Mashhad. She studied Fine Art at the Ecole Superier des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the history of art at the École du Louvre, stained glass technique at the Royal Academy of Brussels and television direction and production at the R.C.A. Institute in New York.
She has held several solo exhibits in the United States, Italy, Iran, Japan, Switzerland and France.
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