Masoud Yasami (American, b. 1949), oil and acrylic on canvas painting entitled, "Composition with an Open Door", dated 1990 CE. Signed and dated by the artist in the lower left corner, a brilliant contemporary painting by Masoud Yasami, an artist who creates abstract multi-dimensional compositions that magically orchestrate space and color resulting in remarkable works that play with physical illusions, walking a tightrope between reality and the supernatural, balance and chaos. Yasami constructs and transforms geometric shapes capturing scenes from the natural world juxtaposed in a seemingly unnatural yet surprisingly classical manner - in this case cloudy skies at sunset or sunrise, a flowing waterfall, a silhouette of a fern leaf, and a mesmerizing funnel-like vortex of white that one may interpret as a dramatic splash of whitewater, a surreal calla lily blossom, or a moving cloud form. Size: 68" L x 60" W (172.7 cm x 152.4 cm)
Adding to the theatrical quality of the composition are the overlapping blue and aqua bars on the lower right as well as the red and white cornered sheaths and blue bands below that appear to be cornering and/or interrupting the organic elements of the composition. Indeed the artist has stated, "For many years I have dealt with gravitational force as the drama in my work; for example creating the illusion of forcing a rod to bend or a sphere to fall out of its position of balance and harmony."
The following is the artist's statement on his artwork as presented on www.yasami.com: "My paintings are from an intuitive connection to understanding of both peace and upheaval. A wordless message through imagery by blending the natural beauty of disorder with the disciplined order of both balance and unity. Flawless compositions to draw your attention to the simplistic and the complex, an intellectual journey without losing the natural knowing of things. What is the message? Where does it originate from? I suggest, stay even in your experiences, be either uplifted by praise or grounded by criticism. Feelings kept in check to and tested to see if they are important enough to act upon and be accepted as seriousness. Clear and delicate observation supersede. Logical, intuitive solutions resolve personal conflict. With a backdrop of disabled symmetry, the foreground suggests necessary arrangement and rational organization to arrive at ones adaptation to the meaning of life. Natures necessary and seemingly erratic disorder is one in the same to perfect, symmetrical and geometric harmony. Gravity acts as a push rather than a pull and the images can relieve the viewer of the personal burdens of confusion. The brief moments that it takes for a sunset to occur and diminish can be experienced by human beings impacting lifelong inspirational sensations with disciplined restriction both necessary to stay in unification to the natural. With shadows being cast on the certainty of a determined outcome we are always at the mercy of there being an unexpected alternative. Certainty and sophistication teetering on the brink of unforeseen circumstances. The cycle of past experience and present existence continuously reflect on one another in the ever changing unpredictable way forward."
Provenance: private Boulder, Colorado USA collection
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Two very small scuffs to lower left corner. Otherwise the painting is in superb condition and the artist's signature is vivid.