Parham Ghalamdar MA Painting
My practice is first and foremost concerned with ways of disciplining an image by relying on the histories and traditions of painting. My overwhelming concern is that painting is about perception and perceptual existentialist ways of experiencing life. This task is carried out by paying attention to the surface and employing painterly tools to create complex layers of paint to present a stretched spectrum of paradoxical qualities: soft and rough, thin and dense, immediate and distant, exanimate and fluid, etc. This approach is employed to offer tension to the surface in order to oscillate between paradoxical poles, anticipating that the result would be an invitation to look and observe. In order to succeed with such a task, I rely on the train of traditions and histories of painting. In order to apply certain principles, I search for credible compositional structures, alongside other painterly tools and incorporate them by stripping the subject and inflicting my own content. I have drawn influence from Caravaggio, Goya, Bouguereau to more contemporary artists such as the New Leipzig School.