Report by Mehr News Agency; photos by Raouf Mohseni
Tehran's Sareban Gallery is playing host to an exhibition of paintings by artist Parviz Kalantari. A collection of 25 recent works by the artist are on display out of which four were sold on the opening day, July 22.
Guests had the opportunity to meet the acclaimed artists and art critic Javad Mojabi at the intimate gallery reception on opening day where Mojabi spoke briefly about the artworks on show.
"The current exhibit shows the latest works by
Kalantari. After all those lyrics of desert architecture that Kalantari made on
canvas, now it is the time for visual quatrains exposing life-long experiences
of the artist.
"The lines and curves appearing on Kalantari's paintings embrace the curves hidden in Persian script, music, and architecture, the curves used in the wind catchers in Yazd, the roofs in Kashan, and the water ponds in old houses," he said.
Mojabi believes that the decorative motifs,
colors and symbols moving from inside the tableau meet the lights on the outer
surface shaping squares and diamonds all of which indicate cultural signs.
"The sunlight shining in the tableaus emerges from the inner depths of the paintings driving the architecture designed by the artist to the outside, indicating the creativity of the artist," he explained.
Born in 1939 in Zanjan, Kalantari's works are an excellent depiction of the ambiance of Iran's traditional architecture. He concentrates on Iranians, featuring their pleasing modes of living especially of life in the desert and desert dwellers.
Kalantari has held several exhibits in Iran and other countries. A series of three of his paintings entitled "Iranian City" was installed at the UN-HABITAT headquarters in Nairobi in October 2005 during the commemoration of World Habitat Day.
Illustrating children's books in former times as well as writing books for children and adults are among Kalantari's credits.
The exhibit will run through August 5
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