Peace Series Acrylic On Canvas Painting
Nastalique inspired calligraphy acrylic on canvas painting from the Peace series
|Artist: Behrooz Zindashti|
|Title: Peace Series|
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 140cm x 230cm
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More info: Zindashti is influenced by an architectural principle that draws a correlation between architecture and ethics. He believes that his works function as alternative spaces for prayer, repeating the text of the Prayers for Prosperity in abstracted and improvisational Seljukain and Talisman scripts.
His works express humbleness and spiritual devotion, but they also attempt to revive forgotten art ethics, where repetitions of texts become prayers in their own right. Unlike traditional calligraphy that illustrates specific Koranic texts or poetry, Zindashti creates spiritual works with no direct references.
According to the art critic Shahrouz Nazari, “contemporary Art Calligraphy in Iran can be praised because it has freed itself from its religious art origins; in appreciating it, we are freed from nostalgic memories of the mosque or church.”
Although Zindashti's works look traditional – like they could be from a mosque in Tabriz, a palace in Bokhara, a bazaar in Damascus, or a hammam in Casablanca – they are far from it.
His geometric calligraphy style owes more to the geometric abstractionism of the second half of the 20th century than to mosque inscriptions. By stripping away its traditional cultural, linguistic, and religious references, Zindashti’s calligraphy cuts through religious nostalgia and aims at direct spiritual experience.
He began studying calligraphy in 1994, the year before entering college, and has kept up his studies ever since. His works of art combine traditional Iranian art, book decoration, and calligraphy used in sacred spaces.
Note: This acrylic on canvas painting is one of a kind original therefore, all copyrights and reproduction rights are reserved by the artist.