Shirin Gallery is proud to unveil the solo exhibition of Hossein Irandoust titled
Hossein Irandoust was born in Tehran, Iran, in November of 1978, on the eve of the Revolution. He was born to an Iranian mother and a half Chinese, half Iranian father. His grandfather, a Chinese engineer, came to Iran during Reza Shah's reign, the first King of the Pahlavi dynasty in the first half of the 20th century.
He was responsible for establishing a tea factory in the Caspian town of Lahijan. His grandfather never left, married an Iranian, and adopted Iran as his native country.
Mr. Irandoust started painting at a young age. He began graphic design when he was 14 while attending secondary school in Tehran. Later, he began painting under Rahim Navasi (also spelled Navehsi), one of Iran's best-known realist painters. Hossein graduated from Azad University with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (painting).
As with many young painters, Mr. Irandoust experimented with many styles and media and has evolved from painting in the realist style to what has now become more of his own unique genre; a combination of minimalism based on his attraction towards his grandfather's Chinese culture and the simplicity characteristic of the mystical philosophy of such renowned Persian poets/philosophers as Rumi and Attar. The conversion of these diverse yet similar ancient ideological movements is apparent in Irandoust's series, "Tumult of Lovers." The minimal use of colors combined with the vivid expressions and fluid motions of the whirling dervishes give us a glimpse of two ancient cultures that came to similar philosophical conclusions, based on asceticism, simplicity, and devoid of materialism. Through the dispersion of clutter and the implicit purity, neutrality, and innocence of predominantly white color with lesser amounts of black or other dark colors, the influence of ancient Chinese philosophy exemplified in Yin and Yang's concept is apparent in the artist's work. In ancient
Iranian Zoroastrian culture, the same interplay of black and white, good and evil, light and darkness played a central role and has been metaphorically used in poetry for over a thousand years.
Some of Irandoust's works have been executed using a continuous movement of a knife or paintbrush and some through several continuous steps and layers of medium. The artist also uses other visual characteristics such as seals derived from important elements of composition. Many of these seals have different meanings, some of which are merely the painter's name. In contrast, others are metaphoric references to mystical and philosophical concepts.