About the Artist
A painter of epic vistas and dazzling intricacies, Ali Banisadr creates complex, turbulent worlds whose syncopated rhythms corral a multitude of references from art history as well as allusions to our own turbulent times. In any single, expansive canvas one might sense the crystalline detail of the Persian miniature tradition, the muscular brushwork of Abstract Expressionism, the narrative dexterity of the early Dutch masters, the bravura technique of the Venetian Renaissance, or the libidinous glyphs of Surrealism, among others.
In Focus: Ali Banisadr at the Benaki Museum
In this film, the artist discusses his exhibition Ultramarinus – Beyond the Sea and provides insight into his painting process and the concepts behind it – revealing the meaning of the works exhibited and explains the evolution of his use of colour, historical references, human figures and landscapes.
Work by the artist features in the exhibition The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue from 24 February 2021.