John H. Mazaheri
In the past few years I have mostly painted oil on canvas and have done drawings with pen, ink, and watercolor. I have always loved and practised abstraction, but sometimes my work does not seem truly abstract, probably because the inspiration comes from nature. I love indeed the sky, the horizon, deserts, mountains..., but my intention is not to represent them in a conscious way. I just want to express my feelings and sensations through form and color. Art, to me, is a spiritual quest. One may call my works abstract landscapes, or lyrical abstraction. In my view, music is the model for every art, including poetry and visual arts. “De la musique avant toute chose,” Verlaine wrote in defining poetry. The essence of art is always abstract, whether this art is representational or not. I must also admit that without harmony and beauty, art loses its meaning to me. Obviously the latter terms are purely subjective and relative. My painting can be happy or sad, like my days. I do not seek to please others but to express myself. If some people share the same sensations, they may appreciate my work, and that will make me happy, of course. But if they don’t, it is o.k. too.
Selected Recent Juried/Group/Solo Shows
2012: Moore Wealth Management, Montgomery, AL (Solo)
2012: Energen Corporation Art Show, Birmingham, AL (Juried)
2011: Energen Corporation Art Show, Birmingham, AL (Juried)
2011: Grandview Gallery, Atlanta (Juried)
2010: 24th Annual International Juried Show, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, N.J.
2008-2010: Grandview Gallery, AAC,
2009: Biggin Gallery,
2009: Space 301,
2009: Dudley Gallery, Auburn University (Solo)
2009: Buckhead Library Gallery, Atlanta (Solo)
2009: Arta Gallery,
2008: Auburn Arts Association, Auburn, AL