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"A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face."

- Jorge Luis Borges. Excerpt from El Hacedor, 1960.

In the past few years I have been centering my practice on creating numerous series of landscape paintings in which the conceptual connections between my life experiences, my cultural past, and my greatest influences in various forms of media are brought to light. Specifically I have been painting works that speak of my upbringing around the pristine azure of the Mediterranean, my intensive travels through India, Africa, Europe and 28 countries of the world, my delight for old cinema, a hint of Francophile and my traditional roots steeped in the Old Persian art of miniature. I have often repeated the narrative of solitary characters traveling with no specific destination, allowing the journey itself to carry more importance. I have also concentrated on the simplifications of the traditional landscape into an abstract picture plane of colour and textures, while including figurative miniature characters and architectural elements, unifying the abstract with the representational. The characters are allowed to freely traverse a surreal landscape of floating colour planes.

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Recently I have been primarily concentrating on developing relationships between the characters in my paintings, and permitting them increased, sometimes humorous interactions with the world around them by including various animals and modes of transportation. I have begun incorporating pattern within the grounds of the landscapes to create an interesting aesthetic and process of layering alternating with depth and flatness. I find that in the essence of our beings we are always searching for some truth, of what our purpose is and why we are here, and so the viewer will naturally always question where these characters are headed.

During the painting of this series I looked a great deal to works of literature which explore the idea of a character making a journey, books such as "The Pilgrimage" by Paolo Coelho, and the surreal "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez . I also look to a few masters of illustration for inspiration, such as the works of Jean-Jacques Sempe and Georges Prosper Remi (otherwise known as Herge). I was especially inspired by old films such as Fellini's "8 1/2" and "La Dolce Vita". The most influential of all were films by the French filmmaker Jacques Tati such as "Fete de Jour", "Mon Oncle" and "Traffic" in which Tati allows his colourful main characters to traverse the French expanse awkwardly and humorously with no solid intent. Much like in Tati's work, although you may not know where the characters in these paintings are headed, you can be sure that the journey is just as riveting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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