Farideh Lashai was an Iranian painter renowned for her abstract contemporary paintings, which display a graceful combining of traditional and contemporary view of nature. Upon completing her high school degree, Lashai moved to Germany to study translation, and soon thereafter moved to Austria to study decorative arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Her techniques derive from late 17th century northern European styles as well as from Persian culture and miniatures and the Iranian calligraphic tradition. She was also inspired by the traditions of Paul Cézanne, and those of the Far East. She never intentionally painted in detail, but instead, she tried to create a symbol and vague understanding of nature, so the viewer can feel the nature instead of looking at it.
Nature and trees are formal excuses for her to capture an inner fleeting sense, and to arrest a moment in all of its essence. The present diptych is a captivating and enchanting lyrical abstract painting that reflects on her strong ties with the natural world that surrounded her. Subtle, tender yet composed of gestural brushstrokes, Lashai's works are colour fields on which she expresses herself. Her works are less concerned with surface treatment as they are with the seemingly unrestrained invasion of line. Mingling with both chaos and structured planes of colour, she expresses herself through abstract scribbles that reflect on her inner feelings and need for self-expression. Her works become lyrical and ecstatic landscapes that are imbued with a reverence for nature's ability to conjure the infinite. The present work is a delicate and enchanting example from Farideh Lashai's outstanding body of work.
As she stated in an interview with Canvas Magazine in 2007, 'I have never painted from nature; in the sense of painting a landscape I can look at. But I suppose I have painted by nature. The richness of nature amazes me, and amazement is the starting point for all artistic pursuits'.