• International Modern & Contemp auction at Christies

    Sale 7893

    International Modern & Contemporary Art, Including Masterpieces from The Collection of Dr. Mohammed Said Farsi

    27 April 2010, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 80

    Shiva Ahmadi (Iranian, b. 1975)

    Oil Barrel #12

    Price Realised  


    Shiva Ahmadi (Iranian, b. 1975)
    Oil Barrel #12
    signed in Farsi
    gloss paint on steel barrel
    Height 34½in. (88cm.)
    Executed in 2010

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    What intrigues Shiva Ahmadi most about the seemingly-delicate art of classical Persian miniature painting are the recurrent scenes of bloody battles- extreme violence depicted with exquisite refinement. Painted in jewel-like colours, her paintings follow closely the spirit of such works, which she exaggerates and distorts. Her Oil Barrel express these contradictions between violence, wealth and culture.

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