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Jamshidi’s Realistic Paintings on Display

Jamshidi’s Realistic Paintings on Display
Jamshidi’s Realistic Paintings on Display

A painting exhibition by Iranian artist Mehrdad Jamshidi featuring a selection of his realistic paintings opened at Shokouh Art Gallery in northern Tehran on  October 21.

It is the first solo exhibition by Jamshidi although he has been teaching painting professionally for about 20 years and has attended a number of group exhibitions, Honaronline reported.

The exhibit showcases a total of 23 realist works created by Jamshidi for over a decade and are the result of his several years of experience in figurative paintings, landscapes and portraits painted on paper and canvas by pencil, color pencil and oil color.

Born in Tehran, Jamshidi, 46, is a graduate of graphic design and has been painting professionally since 1990 under the tutelage of the great realist painter Morteza Katouzian.

The portraits on display include known figures like his master Katouzian, 73, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, the king of Persia from 1848 to 1896, and the renowned Persian poet of the 13th century Rumi. In his landscapes, he has painted the beautiful natural landscapes of cities such as Kelardasht in Mazandaran Province, Iran, and Istanbul, Turkey.

In 1998, Jamshidi established his own painting studio, Tehran Academy of Realist Art (Mehr Studio), where he has been teaching realistic painting with an academic and classical approach.

 Realism Art Movement

The realism art movement in painting began in France in the 1850s, after the 1848 French Revolution. It is the attempt to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality and avoiding artistic conventions, implausible, exotic and supernatural elements. In favor of depictions of ‘real’ life, the realist painters use ordinary people in ordinary surroundings engaged in real activities as subjects for their works.

Jamshidi has participated in several group exhibitions including one of Kara Studio painters at Sabz Gallery in 1992 and 1998, and another at Sa’dabad Palace in 2003. He was considered one of the top 10 artists at the 5th Tehran International Cartoon Biennale in 2001.

Jamshidi has painted for the cover of the recently-published book ‘Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’, published by Omide Saba Publucation, which deals with the life of the great Dutch painter (1836-1912). He has also written a preface for the book.

The paintings are on show through November 1 at the gallery located at No 19. Amir Nori Alley, North Salimi St., Andarzgou Blvd., Farmaniyeh neighborhood.

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