Ali Banisadr - New Now London Thursday, April 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Blain|Southern, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Jessica Smith, Emily Jackson, Noura Al-Maashouq and Ali Banisadr, One Hundred and Twenty Five Paintings, London, 2015, p. 236 (illustrated, p. 121)

  • Artist Biography

    Ali Banisadr

    Ali Banisadr is an Iranian-American contemporary artist working in New York. Taking influence from the annals of art history as well as from memories of his childhood during the Iran-Iraq War, Banisadr creates harrowing whirlwinds of chaos and color on the surface of his canvases. He frequently describes his work in terms of tone, volume, and temperature; each canvas begins as Banisadr, who has synesthesia, reflects on the sounds and vibrations of his wartime childhood and develops the chaos until he has calmed the composition to a state of intelligibility.  

    Banisadr borrows equally from Persian miniature painting, Old Masters, and Abstract Expressionists alike. His dynamic Boschian compositions exist in a state of hazy uncertainty between abstraction and figuration, recreating the frenzied sensory traces of war. His work is represented in the collections of major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the British Museum, London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.  

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It Happened 1

signed and dated 'ALI BANISADR 2011' on the reverse
oil on linen
20.4 x 25.5 cm (8 x 10 in.)
Painted in 2011.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £31,500

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London Auction 28 April 2022