Angela & Hossein Valamanesh

Hossein and Angela Valamanesh’s first solo exhibition in Melbourne at Karen Woodbury Gallery is a collaborative and individual presentation of recent work. This stunning exhibition will incorporate a wide use of media including: video, ceramics, drawing, sculpture, painting and work on paper.

Art Exhibition previously on at Karen Woodbury Gallery in Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 13 August 2014 to Saturday 06 September 2014

Breath 2013 image Where do I come from? 2013 image

Published by Karen Woodbury Fine Art on Saturday 30 August 2014.
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Deceptively simple, Hossein Valamanesh’s work is often made with elemental substances, natural materials and found objects- for example maps, tree branches, and leaves resonating with cultural and personal associations. Inspired by Persian poetry and Sufi Philosophy, ambiguous elements in Hossein’s work open up the play of the imagination, metaphysical questioning and quiet reflection. Hossein’s oeuvre is theatrical in its nature and thus powerfully transformative.

Angela Valamanesh is one of Australia’s most intriguing ceramic artists. Her art is aesthetically minimal and cunningly simple, allowing us to interpret universal and ever perplexing human, animal and organic forms. Angela re-immerses us in the primeval rawness of form and function and the symbiosis between art and science. The works in this exhibition have evolved from Angela’s keen interest in early images drawn with the aid of microscopes, dating from the early 1600s.

Since 1972, Hossein has held numerous major solo shows across Australia. Hossein’s most revently solo exhibitions have included: Literary Notions, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Bundaberg (2014); Hossein Valamanesh, GRANTPIRRIE Gallery, Sydney (2011); Time Travel: 1985-2009, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Melbourne (2010); Hossein Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries, Sydney (2006); Tracing the Shadow: Hossein Valamanesh Recent Works, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2002); and Hossein Valamanesh: A Survey, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2001).

Angela has been exhibiting in Australia and overseas since 1978. Angela’s most prominent group exhibitions include: The Microscope Project, State Library of South Australia, Adelaide (2014); Heartlands: Contemporary Art from South Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2013); Abstract Nature, Samstag Museum, University of South Australia, Adelaide (2010); and 2008 Sidney Myer Fund Ceramic Award, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton (2008).

Both Hossein and Angela have recently completed a six-week research residency at The Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.