Paris-based Iranian painter Ghass Rouzkhoss addresses contemporary cultural and geopolitical issues through his work. In tackling complex questions, and referring to his personal experiences as a soldier during the devastating Iran-Iraq war, Ghass limits himself to three symbolic colours - red, black and white - and incorporates the picture frame into the painting.
Born in Iran in 1964, Ghass Rouzkhoss has been an artist for 26 years. He was a soldier for two years during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war, and his vision of society was transformed by the painful experience of conflict. The colour the sky takes on after a shelling inspired his use of red, and the charred trees inspired the black.
When asked about his paintings, Ghass states, “I don’t do nice paintings. I want to give a voice to who cannot speak, because suffering belongs to all.” He explores the clash between culture, religion, economy and politics, using recognizable religious images or cultural iconography as his subjects. His paintings return to a forgotten debate within art theory and practice, that of how ethics relate to aesthetics.
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