0646 GMT October 17, 2021
A collection of prints by prominent Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli is exhibited at Grosvenor Gallery in London until May 8.
The 84-year-old modern artist, acclaimed internationally for his sculptural work, created a series of screenprints in 1974, which were then used as carpet patterns through traditional methods, IRNA reported.
The exhibition consists a number of these original screenprints, as well as some of Tanavoli’s later works.
"Though Parviz Tanavoli is known as the father of modern Iranian sculpture, over the course of his seven decades as an artist he has created a diverse range of artworks from ceramics to rugs, from painting to prints. Through the years, Tanavoli's art has been deeply influenced by his work as a teacher, a researcher, and a collector. And it is in his prints from the 1970s that one can clearly see the themes and motifs that would become central to his creative expression.
Recalling his early works, Tanavoli said Iranian themes had come to possess the very fiber of my being and haunted my thoughts," Shiva Balaghi, a cultural historian of the Middle East, wrote on the gallery’s website.
The Iranian sculptor and painter is best known for his collection of ‘Heech’ (nothing) sculptures throughout the world.
Tanavoli, graduated from Brera Academy in Milan in 1959, was a cofounder of the Saqqakhaneh School in the 60’s – the first modern art movement in Iran which sought an Iranian identity for the contemporary artworks in the country.
His works, which are inspired by the traditional patterns of the Persian handicrafts and literature, have been exhibited in numerous high-profile galleries such as Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tate Modern in London, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as Minneapolis Institute of Art and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
Tanavoli taught sculpture for three years at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the US before returning to his homeland where he assumed the directorship of the sculpture department at the University of Tehran, a position he held for 18 years until 1979.
His sculpture ‘The Wall’ (Oh Persepolis) was sold for $2.5 million in 2008, which was an auction record for a Middle Eastern artist.
Last week, Tanavoli was among the winners at the Asia Arts Game Changer Awards for his influential role in the history of the continent’s art.