Art And Culture

Takestani’s Miniature Art

Takestani’s  Miniature Art Takestani’s  Miniature Art

A collection of miniature art by acclaimed artist Ardeshir Mojarrad-Takestani was recently on view at Lajevard Art Gallery in Tehran.

Titled ‘A Review of Artworks’, the collection included 31 miniature paintings and 2 illuminated manuscripts (‘Tazhib’ in Persian) created by the artist during his professional career spanning several decades, Honaronline reported.

“I combined illuminated manuscript with painting technique, for it was a more feasible way to convey the inner mood through a combination of words and forms,” said the artist.

An illuminated manuscript is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented with such decoration as initials, borders (marginalia) and miniature illustrations. In the strictest definition, the term refers only to manuscripts decorated with gold or silver; but in both common usage and modern scholarship, it refers to any decorated or illustrated manuscript.

“Illuminated manuscript is a technique, and has the potential to expand over time. It can have wider scope if the technique is combined with other forms. For example, if the Persian script is presented along with painting in different styles, the result could be a masterpiece, independent of any other style of art,” Takestani said.

Different subjects were focused in his artworks. “I don’t usually focus on one subject, and share my ideas in a collection,” he said, referring to his earlier exhibits ‘Zal and Simorgh’ and ‘Shams-e Tabrizi’ as examples of work with a common theme.

The display included a selection of his earlier collections created in different time periods. For instance the item ‘Masnavi and Shahnameh’ is a 1990 work and works from the ‘Shams’ collection date back to 2000. There were also some items created in the 1980s.

 Emotional Style

He described Iranian style of painting as “absolutely emotional” and said eastern artists, mostly depict their inspirations. “This is a common characteristic of art in the East, which makes the artist reflect his culture in his artwork.”

Each painting has an identity, and the identity of most Iranian paintings is taken from the vast sources of Persian literature.

Explaining miniatures, Takestani said the ancient techniques of miniature could be applied to different areas, like book designs. Miniatures can even cover social issues, as the artist can’t be indifferent to the problems in the world he is living in today. “Art is the inevitable reaction of artists to the happenings around them.”

Ardeshir Mojarrad-Takestani, 66, a graduate of Tehran Fine Arts School is renowned for his outstanding miniature artworks and paintings.

Takestani was instructed by world-known miniature artist Mahmoud Farshchian, and has held numerous solo exhibitions, besides teaching at the Graphic Faculty of the University of Tehran.

Furthermore, his works have been featured in several international art shows.