Crumpled copies of Renaissance paintings on display

Tehran, Jan 1, IRNA — Tehran’s Asar Gallery is playing host to a collection of crumpled copies of Renaissance paintings, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, created by Iranian artist Mohammad Hamzeh.
  This is the fourth series of the crumpled collection of paintings which bear more details with less deformation, Hamzeh said in a press release published on Wednesday.

“In this collection, I have narrated the beauty of the Renaissance era in my own paintings with my own technique,” he said, according to Tehran Times.

“The wrinkles show passing of time. These wrinkles and lines are seen on faces and on the historical monuments. The lines may show the old faces but do not hide their beauty, do not change their nature and they look even more mature,” he added.

Actually, the crumples do not indicate death and destruction, on the contrary they show life, a life that is full of crumples and wrinkles but still looks beautiful, he mentioned.

The crumples and the wrinkles on the portraits have actually enlivened and highlighted the portraits, the artist said.

He further explained about the techniques he uses for his works and said, “I use pieces of papers painted with acrylics to make the crumples and stick them on the canvas to make details of the huge paintings. These crumples are my major medium in this technique.”

Hamzeh is 51, and this is his 12th solo exhibition. He has participated in several group exhibitions in Iran and other countries.

The exhibit which opened on Friday will be running until January 16 at the gallery located at 16 Barforushan St. off Iranshahr Street.



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