A new exhibition of works by Iranian artist Ghass has opened at the Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt in Paris.
Born in 1964, Ghass began painting at the age of 8 years old. He left Iran at the age of 25 because he saw no future for him there. So for over 20 years now, Ghass Rouzkhosh has lived and worked in Paris.
He says that his violent painting style comes “from the past, it’s like a locomotive following me.” He added, “I lived through 8 years of war, 2 years of being a soldier, and today, this fight. And I paint violent pictures exactly to make people question themselves, and also this society is in crisis, everything is unbalanced and I hope that through my art I can call a pause to that.”
For several years now, the painter has limited his colour palate to red, black and white. But after the death of his father, he added yellow, which to him symbolises “renaissance and light”.
The centre piece of the exhibition is a painting called “NO”. It is a tribute to former French President Jacques Chirac who said “No” to the war in Iraq in 2003.
The exhibition goes on tour later this month.
For more information see www.ghass.fr