rt breathes love and soul into our lives. During these tremendously hard and brutal times all around the world, we have to find ways to be inspired. Taking the time to view art and being inspired by artists is a new way to find true beauty. I would like to introduce you to one of the most engaging and magical artists of our time. Ali Bozorgmehr:
Ali Bozorgmehr was born in Neishabour Persia modern day Iran. Neishabour is the birthplace of countless legendary artists including Omar Khayyam. As a young child Bozorgmehr mastered the art of Persian calligraphy. His mastery of this technique, lead him to develop his distinctive style that he calls Zibanegar “ Lyrical Painting”.
Bozorgmehr’s signature in most of his paintings is of one or more deer. These graceful animals are reminders of his childhood in Neishabour. The deer and gazelle have become romantic symbols in his painting. Bozorgmehr’s artwork is an amalgamation of calligraphy and painting. He incorporates epic poetry of Rumi, Hafez, Omar Khayyam and many other poets into his work. His work is organic, extremely expressive and completely transforms the viewer. One cannot just walk by one of his pieces. It grabs the attention of your soul and tugs at your heart.
Portraying the range of human emotions, Bozorgmehr’s art speaks a universal truth and brings the message of peace, friendship and love to those who see his work. If this experience allows he viewers to let go of greed, doubt, and jealousy while enjoying his work he feels he has succeeded in what he wants to do in life. With his intimate secret communion with Persian calligraphy, Bozorgmehr transfers the tender melodies within himself into the art forms you see today; images that are conveyed to the souls of the people eager to experience this unique art.
To capture in words the majestic beauty of these paintings is almost impossible. How can one describe the human soul in a few words or speak of the pure emotion and pleasure that come with the experience of these masterpieces? Would one try to explain the pleasure of a sunset, when the sea opens her arms lovingly to embrace the sun? How would one explain the pleasure of this love affair? How might one capture the warmth and playful game of the wind as it quietly steals through a clear morning and whispers to every flower of the secret pleasures that the darkness of the night bygone has taken away? Such would be impossible as to stopping the happy song of the river as it goes to join the beloved sea. It is that impossible to explainkkf in words the work of this artist. Truly his work must be experienced in person to be known.
“Ali Bozorgmehr as an artist has taken traditional Persian calligraphy as a starting point and has used it in a creative and original way to form lyrically rhythmic abstract patterns. His approach is unique and his unusual talent is evident.”
—Introduction by By Shahrnaz Nancy Southwick
Please see our gallery here to see the artist’s works and his world.
A WORD FROM THE ARTIST ON HIS PHILOSOPHY
Love is the first and only way. I, Ali Bozorgmehr, an artist from the other end of the world, am from a land where every morning its generous Sun casts loving light on the universe. I am here to pour my ecstatic soul into my hands and to offer this to lovers of love and beauty. To those who enjoy floating in the pure fresh water of love and ecstasy.
Along with my art, I am uncovering the wonders of the garden of life. I do this when I smile and the love in my soul fills my face and the flame of life sits in my eyes.
I am from Neyshabour; a town in the North East of Iran; a city which is more than a thousand and five hundred years old.
This town has been home to many great men in literature and art. I was brought up in a family who appreciated literary works and loved art.
My father was a poet and an intellectual and my mother’s murmurings at home taught me the verses of many great famous Persian poets like Khayyam, Hafez and Rumi.
My father was a great scholar of prose and poetry. He was an accomplished writer and poet in his own right. He taught me the true meaning of being swept away by literature. He was an avid reader and had great appreciation of the arts. My mother was a woman full of beauty in her heart. She taught me to love myself my fellow man and inspired the greatest love the, love of all living creatures.
In other words, I was raised in the midst of love and poetry and that has filled me with all this energy and love, which is articulated in my art.
I believe that love is the only thing, which not only does not end or get used up it but also is increases and generates and this is its miracle.
The pen that I hold in my hand is a pen of love and I am determined to create a new world, which begins and ends with love. These are the hands that the Sun bows to kiss.
I, first, engrave my understanding of great literary men on my soul and only then do I grow out of this ground what my pen puts on paper. My job is thunder and light merged. And this means love and nothing more. I create everything from nothing.
The appearance of gazelles in my art has many reasons. When I was but a child I had a gazelle. Gazelles in Persian culture are symbols of innocence and love and feminine beauty. In my art the words of the great literary figures dance with gazelles to the music of love. That is my job to plant seeds of love in the universe.
I wish that these beautiful engravings (Negar) along with the gazelles who are each a poetic secret in green, blue, red and turquoise, clad in their colorful dresses, can perform the symphony of love louder than ever and thus release human beings from jealousy, anger and greed and invite them to a celebration of friendship and love. This, I believe, is the most sublime message and is the philosophy of my life and my art.