Details & Cataloguing

Boundless: Dubai


Ali Banisadr
B. 1976


Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 2012


Jessica Smith, Emily Jackson and Noura Al-Maashouq, Eds., Ali Banisadr: One Hundred and Twenty Five Paintings, London 2015, p. 160, illustrated in colour 

Catalogue Note

"I always look for openings, the part of the painting that welcomes me, the part that calls me in. It could be anywhere, and I start from there. And then it becomes a dialogue. Narrative and composition become the dialogue – I put something here and then ask ‘how is it going to work with this thing over here?’ From there it just goes and goes...You just start a conversation with the work and hope to disappear." (Ali Banisadr quoted in: Jonathan Beer, "Conversation with the Unnamed: Ali Banisadr," Art-Rated, January 2012)

Ali Banisadr’s luminous masterpieces encourage and reward further examination. His paintings are highly biographical and purposefully avoid a central focus point, forcing the viewer’s gaze to scan across the picture plane. Banisadr’s creations display an ethereal realm through bold brushstrokes and delicate detailing, creating a complex narrative upon each canvas that encourages his audience to become immersed in each detail, but also to try and grasp the narrative as a whole. The artist effectively captures and evokes memories of his experience as a refugee from the Iran-Iraq war; his fantastical abstract sceneries act as a platform for visual remembrance of personal recollections of the conflict and violence he observed.

In Meanwhile, Banisadr’s elaborate canvas encompasses various components to create a disorientating terrain filled with vigorous forms: impossibly-sized figures and exotic fauna emerge from indulgent dabs of oil paint, luscious smears of pigment and colour washes. In this opulent colourscape, Banisadr replicates the chaos of the his childhood memories of violence, confusion and loss. Rendered in rich blue, purple and white colours often associated with miniatures from the Shahnameh: The Book of Kings —Banisadr bathes Meanwhile in a celestial glow.

Boundless: Dubai