"The 'Prism' of East & West" by Bay Area Artists Mehri Dadgar & Shiva Pakdel with select work by Amir Rahimi Celebrated at Madrigal Tasting Salon and Gallery in Sausalito
August 14, 2018
August 14, 2018, Sausalito, CA –Madrigal Family Winery Tasting Salon & Gallery in Sausalito hosts the 26th in its Art and Wine series on Thursday August 30th from 6-8:30pm, featuring the work of local Marin County Artists Mehri Dadgar and Shiva Pakdel with art curation by Shiva Pakdel. The exhibit is on view from August 16 through September 4, 2018. This exhibition focuses on elements of Persian and Islamic art where East meets West.
Artist Statement: I believe art has the power to be a cohesive force in our troubled world. In my art, I explore the relationship between East and West, and these interactions sometimes result in harmonious blends or stark contrasts. Both can be illuminating.
My paintings of the past years have been a blend, or hybrid, of Western and Middle Eastern influences; I am incorporating certain elements of ancient Islamic art (color, pattern, form, arabesque, calligraphy and miniature painting) within the context of a contemporary Western abstract style. Alternatively, I sometimes have Western elements intrude upon a predominantly Islamic art context.
Shiva Pakdel grew up in Abadan, Iran during the 60s. Abadan, one of the most liberal cities in Iran, offered a modern western lifestyle in a land of history and tradition. This exposure to both east and west provided her with great appreciation and enjoyment for art, culture, history, and poetry of Iran, as well as the art and culture of the West.
Shiva is an artist, artist advocate, curator, and a collector. She has recently left the corporate world to pursue her true passion and life-long desire to create art, curate art exhibitions, and support and represent artists. Shiva is Madrigal Family Winery’s Art Curator where she has curated and produced 26 art shows. instagram.com/shivasartsalon
Amir Rahimi’s reverse glass paintings are translucent and gilded, masterful and intense. Amir is master at this nineteenth-century medium which became popular during the Qajar era in Iran. Although Mr. Rahimi paints in the typical Qajar manner and style, his subjects are depictions of more traditional stories from Persian literature's masterpieces such as Shahnameh.
Reverse glass painting has been used for many centuries from the European paintings of religious icons during the Middle Ages to abstract works created by contemporary glass painters. Painting on glass is rather difficult since it involves applying paint to a piece of glass where the final image will be viewed from the reverse side since the artist has to build the image from the top layer down.
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The Madrigal Sausalito Wine Salon & Gallery is open from 12-7pm daily.
About Madrigal Family Winery
Located on Highway 29, halfway between Calistoga and St. Helena in the renowned Napa Valley, the Madrigal Family Winery continues the family tradition of viticultural leadership and wine production. Since the 1930s, the family has been building its reputation and earning recognition for their vineyard management program as well as their wines. Situated on 40 acres of estate vineyards, the state of the art Madrigal Winery specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, and small lots of single vineyard and estate wines. Today, Madrigal Family Winery is run by Chris Madrigal, the family’s 3rd generation.