The Wall

The painting “The Wall”, represents any obstacle in someone’s life and the hope to overcome this obstacle is represented by the brightness atop the wall, ‘on the other side’.

Isfahan

An aerial view of Isfahan in central Iran is depicted in this artwork, with a Persian mosque in the foreground {Naghshe Jahan}. This view is from the roof of the Iranian mosque, next to the dome. I made several paintings of this view, while in high school in Isfahan. The colors are very vibrant in this painting and with the help of perspective you can see the monumental size of that Persian 17th century square. The Shah Abbas castle is located on the left side of the square {Aal Gha Poo}.

Entrance to the Shrine

In this artwork a Persian shrine is depicted in the bright sunshine and the cool tiles inside the shrine offer a respite from the midday sun. The composition of this artwork is divided in half vertically, with a Persian turquoise door on the left and mosaic tiles, there is a large section in this area of the artwork that are of  blues and turquoise hues. This pattern of blues is repeated in the courtyard of this building. The architecture of the building is of typical 18th century Persian work. The colors in this painting are crisp, clean and vibrant.

Entrance to Bathhouse

An ancient, 17th century Persian bathhouse is depicted in this artwork. The towels are hung to dry at the entrance, which is symbolic of the bathhouse being open. This unique composition and its simple subject matter is one of my favorite Iranian paintings. The treatment of the forms {towels, the architecture of the entry door etc.} makes this painting almost an abstract work. The center of this painting has a mirror reflecting the towels and also a symbol of good luck at the entry. The light bulb at the entry signifies that this bathhouse is for men only, when it is on. Above the entry door there are Persian mosaic tiles.

Yazd Shrine Door

This Iranian painting creates a cool respite inside the Shrine door, against a summer day. This ancient Persian door is masterfully hand crafted and is a work of art in itself. The sun shines on an orange shrine door and against the Persian blues presents a fascinating contrast of color in this Iranian watercolor.

Courtyard in Yazd

This Iranian artwork juxtaposes the cool, shady water of a Persian pool against the bright, sun-baked Persian summer sky, in an Iranian home. Yazd is an old Persian city, in central Iran and the design of the architecture would accommodate a summer section and a winter section within one house. On the top of the roof you can see the ancient Persian air cooler {catcher}. In a typical house you would see a pool and an Iranian designed bench over the pool. In the evening, this bench was used for tea and snacks. The reflection of all of these elements is noted in the water of the pool.

Persian Bathhouse

This Iranian artwork, painted from childhood memories of Iran, is a study in light and shade on the human form, in a steamy Persian bath- house. In the Persian bathhouses in those days, it would take a full days time, consisting of soaking, using perfumed lard over the skin and eating Persian fruits while chatting with each other. Small Persian girls used henna to paint their nails, which is depicted in the lower left corner of this artwork. A combination of all of these elements fascinated me, from childhood, and I placed myself {as a child} in the lower left hand corner of the artwork, observing all of these activities.

TV Antenna

An ancient Persian neighborhood juxtaposed with a modern TV antenna and artistic graffiti on the walls. While traveling in Kashan, an ancient Persian city, I spied the graffiti of anti-capitalism on the walls, the reflection of sunlight on the plastered mud walls created a spectrum of beautiful colors. I also observed the old Persian roofs and above them, I noticed a color T.V. antenna, which struck me as unusual.