The perspective series is inspired by the rediscovery of the perspective grid among Renaissance artists. While the invention of Cartesian coordinates in mathematics helped move medieval art towards realism, in this series, adding aspects of perspective to abstract gestures results in a somewhat surreal look—vision through a prism or a kaleidoscope of broken glass. I use trapezoids and triangles generated by 3D grids as abstract planes to showcase colors. I further enhance some of my compositions with realistic figures and illustrations as positive distractions. They improve the composition by breaking the symmetry and changing the gaze or focal point. The human, animal, and insect illustrations are additional elements to display color.
The main player in all my paintings is color. There is no narrative in the beginning. The figures are born from spontaneous and subconscious gestures and marks suggesting recognizable and familiar objects. I replace some of them with much more realistic illustrations. I treat each painting as an independent being – in this process, it is the painting itself that dictates what it wants to become. And finally, it is always the viewer who interprets the narrative better than I do,” Bahadori remarked, describing his work.
“Opus III”, 24×24″ mixed media on canvas was selected by Mark Bischel, the juror of the Art League’s December 2020 Open Exhibit. As part of my Music series, in this and the two other paintings, Opus I & II, I’ve taken a colorist approach using a geometrical composition with an ornamental motif to create a musical feeling.
“Bosons”, 20×50″ acrylic on canvas was selected and awarded with Honorable Mention by Raymond Padron, the juror of the Art League’s October 2020 Open Exhibit. My particular interest in scientific theories such as spacetime and Higgs fields has been the source of inspiration for this painting. It is the overlapping strings (white and light green) that are holding the fabric of the composition, like the bosons of the universe. In this piece, I have used raw cotton canvas staining techniques (prior to painting) to achieve richer colors.