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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

‘Creativity’ and ‘discovery’ in the realm of art are often synonymous.  Discovery is the ability to ‘see’ extraordinary potentials in an ordinary object. This ‘seeing’ or imagining) is the raw material for creation. When an artist applies his skills to give his discovery/imagination a ‘body’ that could be appreciated by a group of audience, a unique work of art is born! 

This painting is inspired by a water picture that I took years ago. Open waters have limited transparency that allows only a vague images of their depth, while ripples obscure any clarity or permanency.  Water surface in some areas act like mirror, reflecting the above light. The result is a dream-like image. The painting is divided into 2 main sections. The sky-blue area on the right appears like a fairy; the dark area on the left is home to demonic creatures, hence the title ‘Beauty & the Beast’.

Size: 79 x 100 x 6.5 cm

Two-level painting
Medium: mixed media on canvas and wood – Framed

Weight: 4.2 kg

Date: 2013

Price: $26,490

 

Matsya 1

Matsya is a mythological creature in the form of a giant fish. It is the first incarceration of Vishnu (Hindi deity) on earth. Matsya represents life which is risen from water and is therefore closely associated with the process of creation.

Medium: Mixed media on canvas and board – Framed
Two-level painting
Size: 61 x 80.5 x 5.5 cm
Date: 2014
Weight: 3.2 kg

Price: $11,183

 

Matsya 2

Matsya is a mythological creature in the form of a giant fish. It is the first incarceration of Vishnu (Hindi deity) on earth. Matsya represents life which is risen from water and is therefore closely associated with the process of creation.

Medium: Mixed media on canvas and board – Framed
Two-level painting
Size: 61 x 80.5 x 5.5 cm
Date: 2014
Weight: 3.2 kg

Price: $11,183

 

Riders of the Storm

This painting to me is a scene showing how forces of life operate. It displays a never ending struggle between opposite notions: chaos and order, hidden and manifest.

On the one hand, we have the stretch of dark stormy water that fills the entire background. It symbolizes raw nature before emergence of life – chaotic, cold and formless!

On the other hand, there is an enjoyable presence of a group of bright colourful fish that ride the stormy waves forcefully and gracefully. They represent life, order, purpose, and hope. Direction of movement of the group – entering from the lower left corner, and riding upward to the upper right corner – signifies achieving high goals through trust and cooperation among members of a community.  Having a purpose in life, and combining it with tireless effort, makes life worth living.

Medium: Mixed media on canvas and board – Framed

Two-level painting on three panels

Size: 69 x 145 x 6.5 cm

Date: 2010-2020

Weight: 6.2 kg

Price: $29,434

 

Rite of Passage

This painting combines two transforming agents: ‘knowledge’ and ‘water’. The two panels in this piece represent open pages of an illuminated manuscript, which represents ‘knowledge’. I have decorated it with patterns painted in gold, turquoise, lapis lazuli and cinnabar – colours used by traditional artists. The content of a book (knowledge), unlike its rigid format is fluid – like water!

Water itself is a transformer! The Hindu ritual of immersing the body in the holy waters of the river Ganges, the Christian ceremony of Baptism, the Islamic ritual ablution before daily prayers, are examples that highlight the importance of water in man’s spiritual life. The patterns and images on the border of the painting appear less abstract and more recognizable, indicating that knowledge makes more sense when flowing out of its cage.

Medium: Mixed media on canvas and board – Framed
Two-level painting
Size: 55.5 x 126 x 7.5 cm
Date: 2011-2020
Weight: 4.2 kg

Price: $24,528

 

Seed of Creation 1

The inspiration behind this painting is Yantra, a mystical diagram that aids in meditation. The formless fluid in the background represents the cosmic ocean from which all life forms emanate. The cross that divides the surface of the painting represents the rigid rules that dominate our lives.
The Yantra at the centre brings the two contrast domains to a calm harmony.

Medium: Mixed media on canvas and board
Two Level Painting
Size: 98 x 98 x 6.5 cm
Date: 2014-2020
Weight: 5.3 kg

Price: $66,717

 

Seed of Creation 2

The inspiration behind this painting is Yantra, a mystical diagram that aids in meditation. The formless fluid and Koi fish in the background represent the cosmic ocean from which all life forms emanate. The cross that divides the surface of the painting represents the rigid rules that dominate our lives.
The Yantra and Mandala at the centre brings the two contrast domains to a calm harmony.

Medium: Mixed media on canvas and board
Two Level Painting
Size: 98 x 98 x 6.5 cm
Date: 2014-2020
Weight: 5.3 kg

Price: $66,717

 

The Inner Dimension

The world that we live in, and the one that lives within us, have multiple dimensions. Sometimes they seem to operate within a well-planned order, and at other times appear absolutely chaotic. The combination of this two contradictory qualities (chaos and order) makes life interesting and mysterious at the same time.

This painting represents the Cosmic Game of Order and Chaos. The cube-like structure and the decorative geometric patterns, represent order. All else in the background – the shapeless cloud-like moving waves – represent chaos. The large red coy-like masses that float in and out of the waves, symbolize our nonstop struggle to balance the two contradictory forces. Finally, the painting surface is enriched with Persian poems in minute Nastaliq style – legible but unrecognizable at first glance. The poems echo the narration.

Medium: Mixed media on canvas and board – Framed
Two-level painting
Size: 68 x 100 x 7.5 cm
Date:  2011-2020
Weight: 4.3 kg

Price: $27,472

Amir H. Zekrgoo

Amir H. Zekrgoo
4 Elements of Life (water, fire, earth, air) was an art project I initiated in late 1970’s. At the age of 19, I wanted explore the remarkable function of the Elements! In the process I developed a special bond with water, which seemed to have a distinct place among the four. This marks the beginning of a very long artistic engagement with Water – the first element!
My several life-changing journeys along the historical Silk Road had remarkable impact on my art. I travelled with my backpack to sacred Hindu and Buddhist sites in many countries. There I became fascinated with the coy fish, a familiar scene in and around Southeast and Fareast Asia temples. Their vivid colours and harmonious group glides were soothing. A few crumbs of bread and, in an instance, the harmony turns into chaos. Coy gradually found an increasingly prominent role in my paintings.
Water personifies creativity with no boundary. It is a transforming agent for me. I work on multiple paintings at the same time; they whisper to me about the directions, and the comfortable pace with which they want to move. When I glance through my artworks created during past 30 years, I see that I was unknowingly imitating water!

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