Untitled, City of Birds II
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
signed and dated 2016 and on verso signed, titled and dated
66 x 58 in, 167.6 x 147.3 cm
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Sold for: $11,250
Preview at: Vancouver Art Gallery, 4th Floor
Donated by the Artist
Courtesy of Republic Gallery, Vancouver
Hamidreza Jadid’s practice addresses notions of memory and history through the media of painting, sculpture and installation. He explores elements of Islamic culture and architecture in order to expand on the themes of religion and history in the context of present-day Iran. Through references to Persian mysticism and its literary traditions, he develops an Iranian political aesthetic of metaphor through his mysterious, often erotic works. Jadid has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts (2013) in Vancouver, where he now lives, and a BA from Tehran University of Art (2002).
In this recent series of paintings, Jadid alludes to the passage of time through the application of multiple layers of paint, depictions of erosion and references to classical antiquity. These paintings are distinguished by his naïve approach to form, expressive brush-strokes, use of negative space and elimination of the horizon line. Untitled, City of Birds II (2016) depicts an ethereal site, featuring the recurring image of a bird’s wing. This motif implicitly alludes to mythical birds like the Simurgh and Hod hod (hoopoe)—metaphors for mystics in the Persian literary work Mantegh-o-teir or in the seminal work The Conference of the Birds (circa 1177 AD) by Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar.
This work is unframed.
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