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خبر و رسانه

56    Gholamhossein Nami (b. 1936)

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Art Title : Untitle

Signature: “GH-Nami 07” in English (lower right)
oil on canvas
150×100 cm
Executed in 2007


600 - 800 Million IRR

Price realized

1,000,000,000 IRR

About Art Work

The present work includes frames that are disposed of any text or picture, covered by intermingled lines floating on a colored rippling surface. It seems that both the frame is relieved of the heavy burden of text and the text is freed from the confines of the frame. What remains is a picture that occasionally appears to be the leitmotif of a cross, and at times resembles a mythological map of the universe. Sometimes it represents divine geometry, at times illustrates material order. Obviously, no single element of the work is seeking to convey any meanings by itself. Nonetheless, complicated rectangular frames with a single square in the middle are not only pointing to four main directions in the world, but they imply four temperaments. Canvas is coated with cob, a material that more than anything, is associated with “earth”. It is as if the red column that is stretched across the vertical axis of the work, reaching the top, is carrying “fire”. The rippling blue surface that is grasping the middle rectangle more firmly is carrying “water”. “Lightness” and “speed”, two concepts that are akin to elements of “wind” or “air” are presented through a combination of geometric forms and juxtaposition of colors. It is as if a huge explosion blew everything into the “air”. Perhaps the whitish blue lines (threads) spreading across the entire work can be considered major elements of a dreamlike style. These same lines that seem to be produced by quick movements of hand across the canvas convey notions of speed and change, phenomena of modern man that according to Karl Marx, “All that is solid melts into air”. No doubt, this work is a product of a modern approach to art in which, medium equals the message, and painting is a free play of paint and design on canvas. Where painting is diminished to line, paint and form, objects escape the canvas and leave no more than a shadow. The advantage of such a vacancy is nothing but lightness amid congestion, and speed despite settlement.

Gholam Hossein Nami’s collection, titled Galaxy, includes major works that surpass other works of the artist in international markets in terms of sales record. The main structure of the present collection includes short, distinct brushstrokes that vaguely reveal Persian alphabet. They are modern compositions inspired by calligraphy and linked to a major movement in Iranian art.