This Autumn sees a return to the traditional at Highgate Contemporary Art Gallery. Exhibiting from Wednesday, 9th November until Sunday 4th December, Parastoo Ganjei’s current offering entitled ‘A Thing of Beauty’ projects femininity in spades… Her still life work evokes Nancy Kominski oils from the 70s and 80s, with bold, blousy brush strokes and floral subjects. Their parity with current vintage textile trends from Sanderson to Laura Ashley should make them popular.
The artist herself has 1970s influences, having studied Graphic Design in Iran during that era.
She then came to the UK to study Graphics and Animation at Croydon and Bournemouth Art Colleges. Currently living in Wiltshire, she uses the rural landscapes and surrounding countryside as her inspiration. Indeed she says:-
“When I moved to the country, I felt that I had awakened from a long and deep sleep. No matter how faithfully I render the scene before me, it does not carry the power to convince if my painting does not represent a fertile imagination. My remembered, or rather invented, landscape paintings are more alive than the paintings I used to do on the same spot; it is my inner consciousness and my feelings which give life to my paintings.”.
Highgate Contemporary Art state that Ganjei’s pieces have been shown extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the US, with her work permeating a number of private collections.
Aswell as her still life pieces, “A Thing of Beauty” will cover her stunning landscapes, alongside a selection of ceramics by Jill Fanshawe Kato and stone sculpture by Jane Wakeman.
Highgate Contemporary Art Press Release (26 Highgate High Street, London, N6 5JG. Opening hours: Tues-Sat 11am – 7pm, Sun 11am – 5pm) www.highgateart.com.
[Images: Highgate Contemporary Art]