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Etemad Gallery Seyed Hamid Nourkeyhani July 2014 Like Nobody 03

Praise the Creator

Like Nobody!...

In late November of 2012 at Etemad’s painting and plastic arts gallery, the curtain will be up for only one day, so you and I will witness a particular style of modern painting that will take us into the realm of colors and imaginative patterns.

With the prevalence of photography, more than all other arts, painters and architects harbored new thoughts and styles, therefore breaking away from the classics, namely realism and naturalism, though much earlier, in 16th century, a Flemish painter who lived for 65 years was not understood in his own time. Today, Hieronymus Bosch has received attention from art connoisseurs for his ambitious and groundbreaking styles.

More than four centuries have passed and we came a long way; from Whistler, Matisse, Degas, Van Gough, Claude Monet, Vasarely, George Braque and his counterpart Pablo Picasso to Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock and many others, until the contemporary architects of Iran, namely Kamran Diba, Abdolaziz Farman Farma, Nader Ardalan, Hussein Amanat and Hooshang Seyhoon.

In modern and plastic arts, the age of modernism had already started in America and Europe. But with a bit of delay, it was academically pursued in Iran, in the Fine Arts School of Tehran University. The pioneering professors of Iranian contemporary arts never imitated anyone, and that was the manner by which they trained their students.

Many of the renowned individuals in that period, the late Morteza Momayez, Ali Akbar Sadeghi, Farshid Mesghali, Parviz Tanavoli, Aydin Aghdashloo, Abbas Kiarostami and many others who soared from this very same origin, will be remembered in the history of Iranian arts forever.

In the debut of Hamid Nourkeyhani’s painting exhibition, which by the way is a graduate of school of architecture and a distinguished student of Kamran Diba, I’m exalted. It is fall of 2012 and I, a 67-year-old professor, who distinctly remembers the pop art paintings of the Beatles and Hendricks era, exuberantly looking forward to 29th of November. Why? Because:

Kamran Diba and Aydin Aghdashloo (who never had words for the sake of utterance) commended the paintings of Nourkeyhani. Let’s enjoy and share the pleasure of watching and perceiving patterns that are abstract and not, formalistic and not. Let’s divulge ourselves with his paintings of bright colors and at times, diluted and faded hues, the lines and shapes through which token of objects and live beings glance at us. Come, so he will be understood in his life time.

Akbar Alemi,


Seyed  Hamid  Nourkeyhani

Born on 24 th 1947 in Tehran.

He graduated in architecture from Faculty of Fine Arts University of Tehran in July 1973

Solo Exhibitions:

2014    Abstract  Painting  , Shalman Gallery , Tehran , Iran

2012    A  Sketch of  A Sketch , Etemad Gallery , Tehran , Iran

نمایشگاه آثار " سید حمید نور کیهانی " با عنوان " مثل هیچکس " تیر 1393 گالری اعتماد 01

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