حسین ایراندوست مقدم در آبان ۱۳۵۷ و در بحبوحه انقلاب از مادری ایرانی و پدری دورگهی ایرانی-چینی به دنیا آمد. پدربزرگ او که مهندسی چینی بود در زمان سلطنت رضاشاه به ایران آمد و کارخانهی چای لاهیجان در گیلان را تأسیس کرد. او هیچوقت ایران را ترک نکرد، همسرش ایرانی بود و ایران را مانند وطن اول خود پذیرفت
حسین ایراندوست نقاشی را از سن کودکی آغاز کرد و در سن چهارده سالگی زمانی که به مدرسهی راهنمایی میرفت کار طراحی گرافیک را آغاز کرد. بعدها فراگیری نقاشی زیر نظر رحیم نوسیِ، یکی از برترین نقاشان واقعگرا در ایران را شروع کرد. او فارغالتحصیل رشته نقاشی در مقطع کارشناسی از دانشگاه آزاد است
همانند دیگر نقاشان جوان او سبکهای مختلفی را در نقاشی تجربه کرد و از نقاشی واقعگرایانه به سبک مخصوص خود رسید که ترکیب مینیمالیسم مبتنی بر گرایش او به فرهنگ پدربزرگش از سرزمین چین و همچنین سادگی فلسفهی عرفانی مشهور شاعرانی مانند عطار و مولوی است. ترکیب این دو جهانبینی متفاوت که شباهتهایی هم دارد، در مجموعهی «غوغای عشقبازان» بهوضوح دیدهمیشود
استفادهی حداقل از رنگ با وضوح بسیار و حرکات سیال درویشان در حال رقص، به ما تصویری از دو فرهنگ باستانی میدهد که به نتیجهی فلسفی مشابهی رسیدهاند و آن سادگی، زهد و دوری از مادیگرایی است
از طریق پراکندگی نامنظم خلوص و بیطرفی رنگ سفید و استفادهی کمتر از رنگ سیاه با دیگر رنگهای تیره، تأثیر فرهنگ باستانی چینی تحت عنوان یین و یانگ در کارهای این هنرمند مشهود است. در فرهنگ باستانی زرتشتی هم این تعامل بین سیاهوسفید، خیر و شر، نور و تاریکی نقش کلیدی دارد و صدها سال است به شکل استعاری در شعر هم بهکاربرده میشود
برخی از کارهای حسین ایراندوست با استفاده از حرکات مداوم کاردک یا قلممو در طی چندین مرحله و لایه اجرا شده است. او همچنین از ویژگیهای بصری دیگری مانند مهر استفاده میکند که از عناصر مهم ترکیببندی است. خیلی از این مهرها معانی مختلفی دارند، برخی صرفاً نام هنرمند و برخی ارجاعاتی استعاری به مفاهیم فلسفی و استعاری است
Shirin Gallery is proud to unveil the solo exhibition of Hossein Irandoust titled Love-Stricken.
Hossein Irandoust was born in Tehran, Iran, in November of 1978, on the eve of the Revolution. He was born to an Iranian mother and a half Chinese, half Iranian father. His grandfather, a Chinese engineer, came to Iran during Reza Shah's reign, the first King of the Pahlavi dynasty in the first half of the 20th century.
He was responsible for establishing a tea factory in the Caspian town of Lahijan. His grandfather never left, married an Iranian, and adopted Iran as his native country.
Mr. Irandoust started painting at a young age. He began graphic design when he was 14 while attending secondary school in Tehran. Later, he began painting under Rahim Navasi (also spelled Navehsi), one of Iran's best-known realist painters. Hossein graduated from Azad University with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (painting).
As with many young painters, Mr. Irandoust experimented with many styles and media and has evolved from painting in the realist style to what has now become more of his own unique genre; a combination of minimalism based on his attraction towards his grandfather's Chinese culture and the simplicity characteristic of the mystical philosophy of such renowned Persian poets/philosophers as Rumi and Attar. The conversion of these diverse yet similar ancient ideological movements is apparent in Irandoust's series, "Tumult of Lovers." The minimal use of colors combined with the vivid expressions and fluid motions of the whirling dervishes give us a glimpse of two ancient cultures that came to similar philosophical conclusions, based on asceticism, simplicity, and devoid of materialism. Through the dispersion of clutter and the implicit purity, neutrality, and innocence of predominantly white color with lesser amounts of black or other dark colors, the influence of ancient Chinese philosophy exemplified in Yin and Yang's concept is apparent in the artist's work. In ancient
Iranian Zoroastrian culture, the same interplay of black and white, good and evil, light and darkness played a central role and has been metaphorically used in poetry for over a thousand years.
Some of Irandoust's works have been executed using a continuous movement of a knife or paintbrush and some through several continuous steps and layers of medium. The artist also uses other visual characteristics such as seals derived from important elements of composition. Many of these seals have different meanings, some of which are merely the painter's name. In contrast, others are metaphoric references to mystical and philosophical concepts.
Overview and HistoryTehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."Getting ThereMehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.TransportationTehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.People and CultureMore than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.Things to do, RecommendationsTake the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.Tehran is also full of museums such as:the Contemporary Art Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand most stunning of all,the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.Text by Steve Smith.