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Ghass Rouzkhosh: Painting Without Borders

4 567 000 000, Mixed Media 59 x 59
“Painting crosses all boundaries,” artist Ghass Rouzkhosh says, and his bold, emotionally gripping works offer proof of that statement. His experiences as both an exile and a soldier in the Iran-Iraq War are the source from which his message emerges, as he brings the force of those events vividly to life in his paintings. “With the life I have lived,” he says, “I have no right to paint in any other way.”

Both in his materials and in his approach, the Paris-based Iranian artist exhibits his adventurous nature and energy. By applying his paints with a brush or palette knife and dripping his colors onto the image’s surface with a spoon or his bare hands, Rouzkhosh turns the act of painting into a physical, spontaneous experience, giving his works a sense of movement that tests the very limits of the canvas. He revives and recycles discarded frames, integrating them to his images as a way to “reunite the old and the new.” Rouzkhosh also attaches other objects and media to those surfaces, resulting in a sculptural, three-dimensional feel.

But the free, experimental nature of Rouzkhosh's work has a provocative counterbalance. He works in a strictly limited palette of colors, achieving a surprising amount of variety from a small number of shades. Earlier in his career, he composed images using only red, white and black, eventually adding in yellow, to introduce a sense of light and space, while maintaining a strong elemental focus. His tightly edited use of color creates an iconic air, underlining the artist’s main goal: to express human emotion and translate it to the viewer. 

Ghass Rouzkhosh's work will be on display in a solo exhibition at Agora Gallery from February 10th to March 3rd, 2015. Agora Gallery is located at 530 West 25th Street, open Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 6 pm. The opening reception will be February 12th, from 6 – 8 PM. 

ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN ARTINFO: GALLERY GUIDE, FEBRUARY 2015

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