The Luxury Collection - - Art in Review: Ali Banisadr -

Given the artist’s di­verse and un­con­ven­tional story, it’s no won­der his works are uniquely poised be­tween a num­ber of dif­fer­ent in­flu­ence points. His Ira­nian up­bring­ing and her­itage, Amer­i­can art education, cur­rent Brooklyn res­i­dency, early ex­po­sure to war, and synaes­the­sia-driven in­ti­mate con­nec­tion to sound all com­bine to form in­trigu­ing con­tem­po­rary oil paint­ings that make com­par­isons to other artists a dif­fi­cult task. How­ever, if com­par­isons were to be made, then 15th cen­tury artist Hierony­mus Bosch’s mag­nif­i­cent trip­tych The Gar­den of Earthly De­lights would be the most apt. Both artists cre­ate sweep­ing land­scapes filled with chaotic and of­ten vi­o­lent forms, and both of­fer the viewer a macro­scopic, aerial vantage into their work. 16th cen­tury Per­sian minia­tures have also acted as a source of com­par­i­son in their por­tray­als of bat­tle se­quences and the artist’s own Per­sian her­itage.

De­tail – Se­lec­tion, 2011

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