Iranian art needs more exposure, said Iranian artist Saba Orouji by way of observation at Arsh Art Gallery, Dubai, where an exhibition showcasing Iranian and Middle Eastern art is underway.
The 37 pieces are of oil on canvas and mixed media.
Of the importance of Iranian art, Orouji explained that Iran has one of the richest art heritages, especially in painting and sculpture with defining characteristics and influences. Even modern Iranian artists, specifically sculpture, follow ancient styles.
In context of the current exhibition, she said, “For instance, Master Taha’s works represent Iranian history through sculpture, combining painting and calligraphy. Parvin uses scrimshaw art on copper, one of the ancient arts in Iran. And Mona has qajar style of paintings that capture narrative fictional characteristics, closely tied to Iran’s past and often seen in Iranian pottery and tiles.”
With auctions around the world, Iranian modern art is gaining exposure, she said. “Iran has succeeded in introducing itself to the world as the founder of the combined art of painting and calligraphy.”
Orouji believes this success has to be replicated in the UAE, and feels strongly about bridging the gap between the international market and Iranian artists. “In the future we are going to exhibit art works from both professional and new emerging artists from Iran as well as across the Middle East. The next exhibition is on calligraphy paintings by an Iranian artist.”
Since the opening a few weeks ago, the response has been positive, compelling the founders to extend the exhibition till the end of August, she added.