Ganjineh, father of silk screen prints in Iran, dies at 94

April 23, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN – Hossein Kalaqichi Ganjineh, father of silk screen prints in Iran died allegedly of natural causes. He was 94.

Ganjineh was born in 1917 in Ganja, the Republic of Azerbaijan but grew up in Tabriz. He first made batik prints in Tabriz but in 1946 he moved to Tehran. He was invited by the then art and culture office to produce silk screen prints in Tehran in 1955, the Persian service of Fars News Agency reported on Thursday.
Silk screen prints are made by forcing paint or ink onto a surface through a stretched piece of cloth and batik is a method of printing colored patterns on cloth that involves putting wax over some parts of the cloth.
Ganjineh spent four decades of his life in teaching silk screen printing at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Tehran University and several other education centers across the country. He used to hold numerous exhibits and workshops across the country.
He was also a permanent member of the Iranian Academy of Arts.