April 1–May 30, 2014, Blakely Hall
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 19, 6–8pm
Please join us for an exhibition of paintings by Farshad Alamdari.
In his words: ”The Women of Persia series was inspired by the greatest influences in my life—three amazing and extraordinary women—my mother, my wife, and my daughter. Collectively, they reflect a stirring cycle of survival, progress, and triumph in the struggle for gender equality.”
About the Artist
Farshad Alamdari is a Persian native and a lifelong observer of profound, beautiful subtleties. This penchant drew him to both architecture and painting. Farshad developed an interest in painting very early in life. He taught himself to paint, reproducing works of Iranian, Dutch, English, and American masters. These masters included Abbas Katouzian, Rembrandt, Pieter Claesz, John William Waterhouse, John Singer Sargent, and Robert Henri. Katouzian and Singer Sargent have been especially influential in informing Farshad’s own artistic vision, creative approach, and stylistic technique.
As a young man, Farshad relocated to England to further his education. He earned a Ph.D. in Architecture and the Built Environment to pursue his professional aspirations. Even as he cultivated a rich and fulfilling professional career, his creative orientation and passion for painting remained strong. Following his relocation to Seattle, he refocused his attention on artistic pursuits. He further enriched his prowess in oil painting by enrolling in painting workshops with noted artists, and undertook atelier training at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.
Farshad’s still-life and figure paintings are inspired by his broad range of experiences and a lifetime of observing artistic dimensions in the people and objects around him. His distinctive style reflects this unique orientation to the world, while also respecting the classic elements of the masters who influenced his development and evolution as an artist. Farshad’s still-life works feature simple but timeless objects. His figure paintings are notable for their unique combination of texture and contrasts of light and color, surrounded by negative spaces.
Please let us know if you can join us for the opening reception and artist talk.