By Faten Omar
Den Gallery at Crystal Tower in Kuwait Metropolis is internet hosting the “Forty-Three Narrative Portraits” exhibition of Iranian artist Reza Doust. The exhibition began from April 19, that includes 43 work by the artist, telling the story of his life. Doust, who relies in Canada, lived in Kuwait from 1993 together with his household. “I’ve an extended historical past in Kuwait. In 1994, I held my first exhibition at Boushahri Artwork Gallery; since then virtually yearly I’ve an exhibition within the nation,” he stated.
“Kuwait is my second house. My father was from the south of Iran, and I felt Kuwait was just like my hometown. I moved to Canada in 1998, however I nonetheless have numerous family and friends right here. Persons are nonetheless inviting me to their houses,” he added. Doust holds exhibitions yearly and artwork workshops for younger folks of Kuwait in appreciation for the group. “I really feel I’ve to offer one thing to the society – solely then I’ll get one thing again.”
His love of Kuwait is mirrored in his sketchbook. “Immediately I spent six hours in Souq Al-Mubarakiya. I didn’t solely draw the buildings, but in addition individuals who work there. This makes me really feel like I belong to the society; I don’t really feel like a foreigner – I really feel like I’m certainly one of them,” he identified.
The gathering of work on the exhibition is a couple of younger woman, impressed by the work of Mirza Ali of the Safavid Golden Age (sixteenth Century).The “lovely woman” is a picture that marks the start of the artist’s profession on the age of eight. “After I was 8 years previous, I used to be working at handicraft store. The woman within the art work of Mirza Ali impressed me to combine that stunning face with my private expertise.
Regardless of my lengthy expertise in artwork, I nonetheless wrestle to attract that face as fantastically as I noticed her. In 2017, once I had an exhibition in Iran, I noticed that that they had demolished my previous home.That’s once I began my mission of portray the identical woman in my very own model. I attempt to symbolize as we speak’s life,” Doust stated.
The thought of executing this sequence got here to him when he revisited his previous neighborhood after years and noticed that the home the place he was born and which held all his childhood reminiscences was bulldozed.The gathering of 43 totally different photos of a younger woman is a part of his reminiscence and a random dialog with himself concerning the 50 years of his fixed expertise.
“The woman represents my hometown. I used to be experimenting with all of the information I’ve in Islamic design and Persian basic artwork and combined them in these work. I used the carpet picture as a result of I speak about my hometown, as carpets are essentially the most widespread handicraft in Iran. In some work, my face will probably be over hers as a result of the portraits are telling my private story,” he stated. Doust revealed that in his subsequent exhibition subsequent season, he could embrace some sketches he made in Kuwait.