Parham Ghalamdar

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Ghalamdar’s practice is first and foremost concerned with ways of disciplining an image by relying on the histories and traditions of painting. His overwhelming concern is that painting is about perception and perceptual existentialist ways of experiencing life. He carries out this task by paying attention to the surface and employing painterly tools to create complex layers of paint to present a stretched spectrum of paradoxical qualities: soft and rough, thin and dense, immediate and distant, exanimate and fluid etc. Inspired by Meta-Modernism, this approach is employed to offer tension to the surface in order to oscillate between paradoxical poles, anticipating that the result would be an invitation to look and observe. In order to succeed with such a task he relies on the train of traditions and histories of painting. In order to apply certain principles, he searches for credible compositional structures, alongside other painterly tools and incorporates them by stripping the subject and inflicting his own imaginative content. Ghalamdar’s paintings have drawn influence from Caravaggio, Goya, Bouguereau to more contemporary artists such as the New Leipzig School.