Untitled, mixed media on metal foil laid down on canvas, signed and dated '86 lower left, on reverse signed, dated and inscribed with the size, 117 x 117cm (46 1/16 x 46 1/16in).
Provenance: Private US collection.
In an attempt to create modern-traditional works that would reflect on his Iranian identity, Arabshahi draws from the visual elements of Persian traditional decorative art. Inspired by the motifs of Achaemeniad and Assyrian dynasties, and by Babylonian rock carving and scripts, Arabshahi's work conforms to the aesthetic characteristics of the Saqqakhaneh school. However, he remains the only artist of the Saqqakhaneh school who did not adopt religious-folk art in his work.
Literature: Hamid Keshmirshekan, 'Neo-Traditionalism and Modern Iranian Painting: the Saqqakhaneh School in the 1960s, Iranian Studies, volume 38, number 4, December 2005 Rose Issa, Iranian Contemporary art, London 2001, p. 20