Santa Monica's Tara Gallery has announced they will showcase the original and stunning works by re-nowned artists Goli Mahallati and Kamran Nikraven. The exhibit will commence on Jan 25th and will be available for visitors until Feb 19th, 2014. Both artists shall be in attendance to discuss the unique works with all guests including press outlets, collectors and art enthusiasts. There will also be refreshments for all atendees.
Tara Gallery is a new, nonprofit art gallery, focused on contemporary and modern Iranian art. They are sponsored by the American Foundation for Contemporary Iranian Art (AFCIA), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting and supporting contemporary Iranian art in the United States. The main focus and drive of Tara Gallery is to bring much deserved exposure to the arts and artists that have flourished in Iran over the last thirty years but only recently received international acclaim.
The gallery which is owned by Homa Taraji is quickly becoming a destination for tourists, art collectors and art lovers who otherwise would not have access to these stunning pieces of art.
Goli Mahallati’s original acrylics and limited edition prints on canvas or board, often depict aspects of humanity. Her images of individuals alone and in communal groups are stirring. The deeper felt reaction to her work goes beyond any type of provincial artistic genre and strikes at the elemental state of the human condition, sometimes bound together in support and love, and at other times isolated, either alone or in a crowd.
The strength of the artist’s statement is enforced by her choice to work with a pallet knife, rather than with the more traditional brush, creating bold areas of color and texture. It isn’t often that an artist is able to touch our inner feelings through the truth of their images. Goli Mahallati has that ability. Hers is a work of kinship and admiration for the beauty and dignity of the ideal human spirit and form, one that is noble and free – which is sometimes captured best and made definitive in the abstract.
Significantly, her paintings mediate the tensions that are symptomatic of contemporary art. The warm and luminescent color palette, the mysterious forms lead to unified sense of energies often lacking in post-modernism. Her paintings are less about thinking and more about intriguing energies from which they have arisen.
Kamran Nikravan is a practicing physician and painting is his hobby. His art comes from a deep appreciation of the mysteries and beauties of life. Born in Tehran, Iran, he's long been a resident and raised a family in Brentwood, California. Also included in the gallery are works created by his artistic wife, Shirin, who has a fantastic eye for color composition. Neema, his older son, has many great talents, including painting and music. Seena, his younger son, has a Matisse-like touch in his style.
Kamran has been inspired to explore the inner and to see the outer with awareness. He started with abstract expressions then became enamored with landscape paintings and now does plein air, floral, monoprint, mixed media on wood and "thoughtscape" art. He's excited by the limitless scenes that surround us which inspire his works.
Creativity in the form of painting has been one of the elements which has brought balance to his being, including his work and family. Kamran Nikravan's fine art has been featured in The Permanente Journal, the medical science publication of the Kaiser Permanente healthcare organization.
The new exhibit portrays stunning landscapes and portraits which capture private moments and thoughts of the artists. All all enthusiasts are welcome.
To learn more:
Go to: www.taragallery.org