Tehran art show reflects Georgian myths and monuments

April 10, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- A Georgian father and his son David, and Giorgi Gagoshidze are displaying images of their country in an exhibition at Tehran’s Shirin Gallery where national myths and monuments are hanging next to one another.

Animals, which seem to appear in old legends of the country such as lions, dragons, foxes and horses, are spotted here and there in works by David Gagoshidze.
“I make use of the old style in my works, having worked with old methods throughout the years, of course,” 51-year-old David said in a press release on Saturday.
“I have no special deign in my mind when I begin to work. The stories are completed while I am working on the painting,” he adds.
“I also make use of the motifs and designs I used to observe during the renovation of old monuments and churches in Georgia,” he said.
Large paintings by the 28-year-old son Giorgi show a different path from the father. Images of monuments and buildings appear with fresh colors, adding life to the artworks. “I get a nostalgic feeling from these types of buildings which compels me to work with these kind of structures in my art.
“I like all of my works and am satisfied with what I have done so far, so I don’t want to change my technique, but perhaps I will place less emphasis on buildings in my next project,” he said.
The showcase will run until April 13 at the gallery at 145 North Salimi St., off Andarzgu Blvd. in the Farmanieh neighborhood. The event is cosponsored by the Georgian Embassy in Tehran, Iran’s Cultural attaché’s office in Tbilisi and the ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) Cultural Institute (ECI).
Photo: Georgian painters David (R) and Giorgi Gagoshidze attend the opening ceremony of their joint exhibition at Tehran’s Shirin Gallery on April 8, 2011.