Fereydoun Ave (Iran, born 1945) Fire and Water 3
Lot 471A
Fereydoun Ave
(Iran, born 1945)
Fire and Water 3
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 20,174) inc. premium

Lot Details
Fereydoun Ave (Iran, born 1945)
Fire and Water 3
mixed media on canvas
signed and titled in English (upper middle), executed in 2008
240 x 100cm (94 1/2 x 39 3/8in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property from a private collection, London

    Exhibited:
    London, Brunei Gallery, School of African and Oriental Studies, The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination, October 2013

    Fire, one of the key symbols of Zoroastrianism, is a phenomenon at once personal and universal. Fire burns in our hearts. It lives in the sky. It rises from the depths of our psyche and exhibits itself as love. Fire creeps and hides inside materials. Fire, is truly the only phenomenon which could be credited in two contrasting ways, as it could be both a symbol of good and evil. Fire glows in heaven and burns in hell. It is a source of joy, while it also evokes foreboding. It is both a comfort and a torment. Both destructive and animating.

    In "Fire and Water", we are confronted with images which represent duality, like the opposing forces of Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu in the Zoroastrian religion. The backbone of these works has been shaped by the basic movements of upward and downward motion. They have stored within them the four elements air, earth, water and fire, which from ancient times have been representative of life and existential values.

    In this group of works, the rule of the "four elements" flows against the breadth of the imagination of Fereydoun Ave, employing his vision, technical ability and artistic skill in celebrating the key animating forces of one of the worlds oldest religions.
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