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Painting exhibit explores changing identity of Tehran

Sources: Tehran Times & Tehran's Asar Gallery

Young painter Alireza Adambakan has depicted the changing identity of modern Tehran in his latest collection "My Figures No. 3", which is currently on display in an exhibition at Tehran's Asar Gallery.

No. 3 from the My Icons series
mixed media on cardboard - 90x120 cm (2011)

"The central theme of my works is the urban areas and the events happening around or to me in these areas," Adambakan said in a press release on Saturday.

This collection is the third sequel to his "My Figures", which he began to create in 1996.

No. 8 from the My Icons series
mixed media on cardboard - 90x120 cm (2011)

The first collection focused on the old interwoven alleys of Tehran without its people. In second collection, he entered people's homes and centered on their lifestyles.

"People have returned to the city in his works in the latest collection, which Adambakan has created over the past eight years. The city had changed and is still changing," Asar manager Maryam Majd said.

No. 5 from the My Icons series
mixed media on cardboard - 90x120 cm (2010)

In this collection, he shows buildings constructed without any reasonable connection with each other, she added.

"Mortar and events without any correlation, the hybrid identity of neighborhoods and anxieties over the events... all say that this is Tehran, the capital, which is changing in its architecture and the social, cultural, political and religious structures," she stated.

No. 20 from the My Icons series
mixed media on cardboard - 50x65 cm (2009)

Despite the bright and rich colors Adambakan used to create the collection, the atmosphere of his expressionist works is not happy.

"In the past, I painted the idea I had in mind, but in this collection I have drawn the daily events that have occurred around me," Adambakan said.

The exhibit runs until December 24 at the gallery located at No. 16, Barforushan St. off Iranshahr St.

No. 6 from the My Icons series
mixed media on cardboard - 90x120 cm (2010)

Artist's Biography:

Born in 1976, Alireza Adambakan received a BA in painting in 1999 and went on using it as a major medium in his artistic career. He also teaches the subject at university.

Adambakan has a large body of work ranging from medium scale and landscape paintings to some pieces on urban structural scenes that he has captured using intense thickly applied colours to more recent figurative scenes.

Growing up in a family where tradition and religion had a strong presence throughout his upbringing, his latest works also reflect directly on the presence of these two elements. In his most recent series, Adambakan deals with what he believes have become contradictory dilemmas in his homeland, Iran. The strong presence of tradition and modernity and how the two could relate to each other are what he tries to express through his work.

Adambakan works mainly with acrylic or plastic paints he says that they give him the freedom to work frequently and intensely on his pieces. The scale of his latest works is notably larger than before and the bold and intense colours are always present in his artistic language.

Adambakan lives and works in Tehran where he has exhibited extensively. His works have been included in international art fairs and some of his work is now owned by some well-known collectors and exist in some important collections.

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