• 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 83

    Afshin Pirashemi (Iranian, b. 1974)


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    Afshin Pirashemi (Iranian, b. 1974)
    signed and dated 'Afshin Pirhashemi 09' and in Farsi (lower centre of right panel); signed and dated 'Afshin Pirhashemi 09' (lower right of central panel); signed and dated 'Afshin Pirhashemi 09' (lower right). of left panel)
    oil on canvas; polyptych of six panels
    Each 39½ x 39½in (100 x 100cm.); Overall 79 x 118½in (200 x 300cm.)
    Painted in 2009

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    Afshin Pirhashemi's paintings explore the complexities of life in today's Iran through his unique combination of carefully controlled photo-realistic depictions of Iranian figures and gothic fantasy. The almost exclusive use of black and white seen in his earlier paintings, has since been tempered with restrained use of colour. His arrangement of figures against a plain white ground both enhances their trompe l'oeil character and gives them a sense both of monumentality and of timelessness. The lack of extraneous detail, combined with keenly observed features on the figures concentrates attention soley on the protagonists and the relationships between them.

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