Morteza Pourhosseini (Iran, born 1985) "The Circus 5" oil and acrylic on canvas, 2013 .
Depicting a woman in Safavid gold and metal armour.
An exceptional Iranian Contemporary Artwork.
Born in Ahwaz, Iran in 1985, Morteza Pourhosseini has been the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, and his paintings have sold at Sotheby‰ЫЄs London and Bonhams London auction houses as well as to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Highly gifted and a consummate draughtsman, Morteza Pourhosseini's works exhibit a sense of realism and technical dexterity seldom encountered in contemporary art. His works borrow themes from Iran's popular religious imagery which serve as backdrops to portraits of everyday figures.
Pourhosseini's work often involves the interplay between people and works of art, this portrayal of "art within artwork" not only demonstrates his extraordinary talent in capturing tonal and aesthetic layering but allows him to create a dialogue between cultural imagery and the people associated with it.
In his series, The Circus, Morteza Pourhosseini is taking us to a place where the promise of beauty is easily co-mingled with the terror of power. He presents his dichotomy with portraits of the abusers and also, the victims. With brilliant brushstrokes and a balanced point of view, Morteza Pourhosseini creates characters on canvas who have not only experienced the rapture of religion, but have also had their lives ripped apart by it.
Born in Ahvaz - Iran 1985
BA in painting course from Shahed Art University
His works sold at Sotherby‰ЫЄs London & Bonhams London auction house (middle eastern contemporary art)
Exhibited in Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2009
Exhibited in (Million Cornette de Saint Cyr) Paris contemporary art 2009 Solo
Exhibition Photo Montage 2009 Tehran
Participated in 20 group shows 2007-2013
Awarded First prize in the Damoonfar Visual Art Festival 2008
Selected as Outstanding New Artist at the Youth Visual Arts Festival
Since 2010 he has been represented solely by Massoud Nader (Nader & Nader LLC) and his works have been sold to major collectors.
Three pieces of his ‰ЫПSoldiers‰Ыќ series has been purchased by The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, summer of 2013
November 2013 in New York was his first International solo show
His third solo show titled ‰ЫПThe Circus‰Ыќ was held at Bohemian National Hall in New York in the same year and he has participated in various group exhibitions in Iran and abroad.
To see art, I closed my eyes as I heard the circus bells of a Morteza Pourhosseini‰ЫЄs painting The show is about to begin Modern and classic intersected by motives of Middle-Eastern culture Portraits of modern figures inspired by elements of their tradition Uni-color background set against multi-colored views I can smell the density of the atmosphere now Metal, leather, brass and silk I open my eyes What is real, and what is not? The audience awaits the bells to ring Life is a circus Are you ready to open your eyes and see?
- Pourya Saffarian
Dimensions: 60 x 60‰Ыќ (150 x 150 cm).