WPA High Frequency Annual Auction—online July 30–August 13, 2020

Two paintings of mine are selected for the Washington Project for the Arts 2020 High Frequency Annual Auction—”Equinox” and “Fallings” both 48×36″. See page 98-99 of the Catalogue >

The new dates have been announced for HIGH FREQUENCY: a Benefit Auction in Support of Artists and WPA: July 30 – August 13. The sale will be hosted online in partnership with Artsy, and features my work. Please save the date, and join me in supporting artists and Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)!

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2020 Solo Show at ADA Gallery, Washington DC

Fire. Earth. Water. Air. is the title of my current solo show at ADA Gallery in Washington DC. At display are 14 selected paintings—10 from the Perspective Series and four other paintings from the Colorfield and Fractured series. Curated by Galib Mammad, the President of the ADA University Foundation, the show spans through two floors, including the main entrance, main lobby, briefing area on the first floor, stairways and the reception room on the second floor (with three large paintings). Currently, due to COVID-19, the show is only virtual. Click here to view and learn more about this show >

The Art League 2020 Flora / Fauna Exhibit Juried Show

“Pollinia”, 16×40″ acrylic on canvas was selected by Carol Fabricatore the juror of the Art League’s 2020 Flora / Fauna show (March 2020). Pollinia (masses of pollen grains) is a painting from my Music series in which I’ve explored several states of the nature in a single painting. Here the states are more about the seasons and surely more than four seasons—seven to be precise with abstracted flowers, leafs insects and birds. I consider myself a colorist and the theme inspired by flora and fauna is really an excuse to expand on the color palette.

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The Art League January 2020 Juried Show

“Revelation”, 48×36″ acrylic on canvas was selected by Catherine Haggarty the juror of the Art League’s January 2020 show. This is an intuitive abstract painting using wet-on-wet and pouring techniques with perspective and depth added by the juxtaposition of the solid forms which create a push and pull of the colors and organic to geometric transformations. The title “Revelation” is about the birth or burst of the industrial and mechanical forms out of the organic core (heart). There is a lot here that is left to the viewer’s discovery and interpretation.

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BEST IN SHOW AWARD, The Art League, Dec 2019

“Pulling Perspective”—acrylic and spray paint on canvas 48×36” won The Best in Show Award of The Art League (Alexandria, VA) selected and recognized as the best in show by Matthew T. McLaughlin the juror of the December 2019 show. > READ INTERVIEW >

This was my third Best in Show Award by The Art League within four years. This painting is a two dimensional sculpture using a perspective grid that is distorted, folded while preserving the 3D look. The minimalistic approach to use of colors (black and white only) is to keep the focus on the forms. Unlike many paintings that depict a realistic perspective, this painting is created within the realm of two dimensions by molding a square based grid into organic forms on the flat surface of the canvas.

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The Art League November 2019 “Origins” Juried Show

“Trickster”, 48×12″ acrylic on canvas was selected by Antonio McAfee the juror of the Art League “Origins” show, November 2019. This is inspired by the folklore and mythology of Azerbaijan my place of birth. A child character by the name of “Jirtdan”, who is a clever trickster (hero) in many folktales, fools and tricks various monsters and giants. I’ve abstracted the narrative beyond recognition while keeping the ethnic forms and shapes alive.

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The Art League November 2019 Art on Tap Mini Exhibit

“After the Rain”, 36×36″ acrylic and pastel on canvas was selected for the Art League Art on Tap November 2019 Mini Exhibit. Inspired by tropical nature—abstracting and fragmenting plant forms and forest lights and shadows, this painting is result of intuitive action painting and sketches with brush (acrylic paint) and pastel. I’ve preserved the freshness and dynamic spontaneity of the work by avoiding touch-ups and tweaks. Hence, the name “after the rain”.

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The Art League August 2019 Juried Show

“Levitations”, 24×36″ mixed media on canvas was selected by Julia Kwon the juror of the Art League August 2019 show. In this painting I’ve introduced a perspective grid and an arch to compliment the organic marks and to add a sur-real depth to the abstract—here my focus has been on “push and pull” inspired by Hans Hoffman. I am hoping that by adding the texture and grunge as well as the third dimension, I’ve managed to push the “push and pull” effect beyond what is created by the colors. I am still relying on my intentional imperfections to trigger the viewers imagination.

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The Art League July 2019 Juried Show

“Equinox”, 48×36″ mixed media on canvas was selected by Fanna Gebreyesus the juror of the Art League July 2019 show. Intuitive painting has always been a spiritual journey for me—discovery of the unknown or subconscious. Inspired by Hilma af Klint’s spiritual early abstract paintings and the perspective revolution of the Renaissance period. My goal has been revival of a distant antiquity—ancient sun worships at a time that we are so out of alignment with the nature and environment.

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JUNE 5 – SEPT 2, 2019

The Colors of Summer

In collaboration with Claudia Cappelle

868 Estate Vineyards

14001 Harpers Ferry Rd, Hillsboro, VA 20132

The Art League May 2019 Juried Show

“Dystopia”, 36×36″ mixed media on canvas was selected by Erika Harrsch the juror of the Art League May 2019 show (see location below). It is result of abstracting human figure—male model with short poses—drawing by pouring paint with disengaged mind from a place of feeling and not thinking. I select a title for each painting after I complete the process depending on the mood it evokes (not necessarily the mood I paint in). This painting evoke a strange fear of uncertainty in me and others who looked at it—not too unfamiliar to us all these days. But also a big sense of hope.

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The Art League April 2019 Juried Show: Mixed Media Exhibit

Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA, USA  | 703.683.2323 |  Google Maps

“Fractured”, 48×36″ was selected by Lavar Munroe the juror of the Art League April 2019 show (devoted to mixed media). Inspired by the 1950’s works of Alberto Burri, Yves Klein, Lee Bontecou and their contemporaries, in this work physicality and unpredictability have introduced a new compelling energy as the painting has entered the world of objects—result of cutting and leaving openings on the canvas while revealing another surface behind.

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The Art League March 2019 Juried Show

Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA, USA  | 703.683.2323 |  Google Maps

“Neighborhood”, 48×36″ mixed media on canvas, was selected by Costa Vavagiakis the juror of the March 2019 show at the Art League. It is a painting inspired by the musical concept of melody (organic forms) and rhythm (geometrical forms) running together and against one another. As for the title “Neighborhood”, the “melody” and “rhythm” create the harmony/community in a visual form with abstracted perspective.

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The Art League January 2019 Juried Show

Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA, USA  | 703.683.2323 |  Google Maps

“Ascending” was selected by Mark Strandquist juror of the January 2019 show at the Art League. This painting on canvas (20×60 inches) was a result of an intuitive process which I initially introduced depth through architectural perspectives and then added the fragmented female figure
to fully express the rather spiritual air that the painting was suggesting as part of my Narrative Series.

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The Art League December 2018 Juried Show

Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA, USA  | 703.683.2323 |  Google Maps

“Legend”, acrylic on canvas 60×20″, was selected by Margaret McCann juror of the December 2018 show at the Art League. The geometrical and organic shapes and color combinations are set to compete here. There is also a dynamic competition between silver and white drawings in and out of the reflecting light. Every viewer may see her/his own story/dream in various segments. Reading the piece vertically builds up the”legend”.

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The Art League November 2018 Juried Show

Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA, USA  | 703.683.2323 |  Google Maps

“Fumaroles” was selected by Lee Newman juror of the November 2018 show at the Art League. This painting on canvas (36×36 inches) was a result of a spontaneous process of dying paper and intuitive painting simultaneously and combining them through collage. It is inspired by geological formations, flames, and volcanoes with high contrast in both colors and forms—organic versus geometric.

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The Art League October 2018 Juried Show

Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA, USA  | 703.683.2323 |  Google Maps

“Closure” was juried in by M. Stephen Doherty for the Art League’s “Self Portrait” show and was on display for the month of October 2018. From my narrative series, this mixed media painting of 20×60 inches on canvas depicts the “closure” with the past traumas while the fear of future remains. This painting was not preplanned and was the result of an intuitive process. I pushed it in the direction of surrealistic illustration.

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The Art League July 2018 Juried Show

The “Doodlehood” is an imitation of music with melody and harmony and rhythm overlapping and coexisting. In fact I was intentionally listening to music (Azerbaijani jazz by Vaqif Mustafazade). The title comes from the doodlings I did with the song and the resulting look of a neighbourhood or map.

The Art League gallery July 2018 exhibit:

105 N Union St, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Best in Show Award Winner

Reflections Exhibit

The Art League gallery
Juror: 
Carlton Fletcher
Exhibit dates: June 5–27, 2018
Read my interview

WPA Auction Gala

Among selected 200 from 1400 applicants—”Broken” 48×36″ painting by Abol Bahadori was sold with 7 bids

February 2-25 2018

Participating artist at Art Squared exhibit

Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA, USA

Gallery Hours: Friday & Saturday 12–9 PM, Thursday & Sunday 12–6 PM
Phone: 703.838.4827

January 5-28 2018

Participating artist at Sensorium exhibit

Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA, USA

Gallery Hours: Friday & Saturday 12–9 PM, Thursday & Sunday 12–6 PM
Phone: 703.838.4827

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November 27, 2017 – February 26, 2018

Participating artist at the open theme art exhibit sponsored by the Del Ray Artisans and the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts

Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA

Open: Weekdays 9AM-5PM and on performance evenings
For more information contact Eileen O’Brien: GWW@DelRayArtisans.org