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The Daily Star news page 24 Kuwait June 4, 2005

A Seperation of East and west

Reza doust shows that distinct themes not be combined

Johan G. Janssen
Daily star staff

KUWAIT: events that have shaken the world since the turn of the centuryand strained arab and western relations have always brought on calls for integaration and unity from the worlds more progressive. the prevailing be life is that if cultures knew what the other stood for then the common ground that is discovered could be used as a biulding block for better understanding and respect between peoples. while this coming together of cultures is mainly pushed by the politica and religeous powers that be, the art world, as well as is no stranger to the fuzzing of cultural and ethnic themes. the fuusing of indian, arabic and latin themes with funky european and american technieqes in both art and music has been occuring for the longest time. at Reza dousts exhibition of his paintings, which is bieng hold at the al Fanar, however has made it a point to have complete seperation of his persian and western abstract themed paintings.his collection of Persian themd 'illistrator art' titled 'Orange Pomegranate' is a wash of warm hues and he aesthetically pleasing depictions of treaditional persian men and women the collection uses arcrylic on canvas as it is main media accented by the use of old newspaper clippings and transferrs of ancient Persian art that are embeded into some of the works. the 'mix media' aproach gives a wonderful texture to the paintings and adds a distinct vibe of antiquinty and tradition."the pomegranat that recurs in the painting is symbolic of love and women"said Doust."it is a fruit that has a place in iranian culture is said to come from the gods since inside of it lays a thousand pieces that sparkle,"he added. Dut who is iranian has lived large portions of his life in both canada and kuwait, as well as in nativ iran."i was born esfahan iran butmore recently i have lived in canada and hollnand,"he said."by living in these in these countries i was better able to understand western art and culture. Doust abstact expressionist collecton that is situated in a seperate section of thre gallery is in great contrast to his persian works,and reflects his time outside his native land."traditional persian art is my language and by using it inmy work, i try to keep its orriganility," said Doust"it is an alphabet for the words i want to write,"He addded. "with the expressionis collection, however, i have used a completely differen approach and used simple themes ; inside simplicity you can find deep meaning," he pointed out. Dousts expressionist collection is no different than what you would expect to find hanging at any gallery across th globe his Persian collection is hugely distinctive in its style and pressense. "the lanuage of the art the two collections is different," said oust, and this statement is clearly visible in his work. While Doust refers to his aproach to painting as the use a language, his fluency with persian forms ove art compared to his lack of distinctive expression us ing a western language becomes in variably clear."raditional persian art is what i grew up with, and abstract expression art is what i enjoy," said Oust as any foreigner language teacher will tell you, "ractice makesperfect," and if Dousts tremoendous skills with Persian thememes can be employed withwestern ones, his future exhibitions of abstract expressionist may even surpass the mystery of the language h knows best.Reza Doust will be exhibiting at the al-fanar gallery until june 20th.