01 Painting, Middle East Artists, Ghasem Hajizadeh’s Yesterday-Today, with Footnotes, #45
Yesterday-Today is an enigmatic work that is representative of the artist’s signature style. One of the most sought after artists within Tehran’s high society since the late 1960s and early 1970s, Hajizadeh is known for his compositions that bring together his memories of the past with his inspirations from the contemporary popular culture.
Throughout his career, Hajizadeh portrayed a great number of famous and popular characters — from Qajar princesses to Princess Stéphanie de Monaco, from Mossadegh to the Iranian beloved female poet Forough Farrokhzad or the popular singer and performer Mahvash. In the present work, the figures are not recognisable icons, but they are metaphors for the man-female relationships throughout history. Inspired by Pop CD covers, kitsch advertisements and urban illustrations, Hajizadeh’s works unveil his playfulness and sense of irony while they reveal his nostalgic remembrance of the past. More on this painting
Ghasem Hajizadeh (orn April 1, 1947; Lahijan, Iran) is an Iranian–French painter and a pioneering Pop art figure in contemporary Iranian art.
Hajizadeh was born in 1947 in Lahijan, north of Iran. He received his diploma in arts from Tehran High School of Fine Arts in 1967 and soon after started his art career. During his early years, Hajizadeh’s works were mostly abstract. However, he changed his style and concentrated on figurative art. During the 1960s and early 1970s, he was encouraged him to pursue pop art movement, which was thriving in the United States. In 1972, Hajizadeh participated in the first art exhibition, held by Iran–America Society.
While he held several solo and group exhibitions inside and outside post-revolution Iran, after establishment of the Islamic Republic, he could no longer run any public exhibitions for his work. In 1986, he fled to France, living and working in Paris. During his career in arts, his works have been shown in galleries and museum around the world. More on Ghasem Hajizadeh
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