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Hossein Valamanesh

Out of nothingness

Mary Knights, Ian North, Hossein Valamanesh

Hossein Valamanesh
Hossein Valamanesh draws on his Iranian heritage and experience of the Australian landscape and culture to create enigmatic artworks imbued with a disturbing beauty. Born in Tehran, he came to Australia in 1973 aged 24, and has become one of the country's most significant contemporary artists.

Deceptively simple, Valamanesh's work is often made with elemental substances, natural materials and found objects - for example Persian carpets, an old photo of his grandmother or a pair of worn shoes resonating with cultural and personal associations. Inspired by Persian poetry and Sufi philosophy, ambiguous elements in Valamanesh's work open up the play of the imagination, metaphysical questioning and quiet reflection.

Hossein Valamanesh: Out of nothingness traces the development of this unique artist's practice, demonstrating its engagement with intense philosophical questions such as the ephemerality of existence, and relationships between nature and culture.

Praise for Hossein Valamanesh:
'My inspirations come from very personal experiences like daily life ... It's like having a conversation with the world around you.' - Hossein Valamanesh

'Valamanesh mines his own cultural history to investigate the human condition. His work prompts a sense of wonder, invites us to suspend disbelief, to dream.' - Sarah Thomas, in Hossein Valamanesh: a survey (Art Gallery of South Australia, 2001)

'In many ways Valamanesh's art is ... beyond intellect, or intellectual explanation ... As a body, his work accumulates, just as the poems of a great poet do. For those of us who have followed Valamanesh's work each exhibition is a bit like viewing instalments of an epic poem.' - Ian Hamilton, Artlink, vol. 25, no. 3, 2005

'While the colour reproductions are excellent the strength of this book it that it makes you long to know the artist better.’ – Gary Anderson, Artshub

'Valamanesh’s work is generously and carefully reproduced throughout, the book’s overall production a fitting tribute to his aesthetic.' Art Monthly, Summer Issue

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Format Jacketed hardback
Size 280 x 235 mm
ISBN 9781743050057
Extent 176 pages
Price: AU$49.95 including GST
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