July 29 - 30, 2017
Arta Gallery proudly represent Masoud Keshmiri for the first time in Canada.
Masoud Keshmiri’s paintings illustrate his concern and interest in the human body and the expression of individuals’ internal and external characteristics. He tries to create an active dialogue between the human figure and the audience.
By choosing an identical background and painting only female figures, he creates a unique collection in which each painting narrates an instance, an emotion or an instance of the women’s everyday life.
His subjects are alone, quiet and distant women who stare into an unknown direction and stand by as mortal life passes by. Keshmiri’s art is a part of life that in its simplicity, amplifies the passage of time without pretense and exaggeration.
Simple and flat backgrounds in contrast to the detailed bodies and the overwhelming amount of color used in depicting the clothes is what makes the audience treat the body as a whole and pay attention to all the characteristics that one carries with herself. These are merely paintings. But the sketching, coloring, the brush strokes and the composition are so that the mind can make up stories for each and every one of them.
July 29 - 30, 2017
This exhibition will feature six distinctly unique original pieces, as well as eight limited edition lithographs depicting Haft Peykar.
The Haft Peykar collection, created by Mahmoud Zenderoudi, came to life at the suggestion of Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam before he first staged Haft Peykar. He wanted the paintings to to go on display simultaneous to the stage performance. Master Zenderoudi came up with 8 pieces – one that encapsulated the entire story, and 7 others, each presenting one of the seven stages in the story. Over the course of centuries, many accomplished artists from Iran, India, Afghanistan and Caucasus have masterfully illustrated the admirable colorful world of Haft Peykar through colors, shapes, numbers and words, but few have illustrated this literary masterpiece as beautifully as Zenderoudi who, for the first time, steps into the imaginary world of Nezami with a modern look, and conveys the intricate story with beautiful shapes and forms, using 7 colour palettes and vertical and horizontal lines, as well as geometric shapes to create never before seen images. This is the first time that the seven stages of Haft Peykar (7 Princesses), Nezami’s romantic masterpiece, have been made into individual works of art. Each unique piece has been created using simple everyday materials such as wood, cork, cardboard, paper mache, newspaper cuttings, photographs, postcards, “sirish” glue, oil paint, acrylic paint, gold leaf and fabric. The essence of the reliefs is poetry and calligraphy combined and detaches the viewers from reality, transporting them into the colourful world of Haft Peykar. The HAFT PEYKAR collection, conceived around 2004, has been exhibited in Paris, New York, and Switzerland as well as Montpellier in France.
The original collection is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran.
August 06 - 20, 2017
Arta Gallery is thrilled to announce that we will be bringing a curated collection of artisans and crafters to The Distillery District this August. The gallery will be filled with handmade
Gallery Sunday hours: 11-6pm