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Secret Garden (2009)
By Farhad Moshiri

Oil, acrylic, metal and glitter paint, beads, glue, Swarovski crystals and nails on a canvas laid down on board
Signed, dated and titled ‘Farhad Moshiri 2009 SECRETGARDEN’ in Farsi
(on the reverse)
Property from an important private collection
Size: 197 x 197 x 5.5 centimetres (77.5 x 77.5 x 2.125 inches)
Estimated price: $300,000-500,000
Price realised: $987,750

Providing a subtle yet subversive socio-political commentary in his masterfully executed works, the Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri (b 1963) has positioned himself at the forefront of contemporary Iranian art.

His artistic innovation has produced an exciting and varied output of which the present painting, Secret Garden (executed in 2009), is an important example. Depicting a giant bear carrying the artist depicted as a sleeping child, it is richly embellished with metallic and glitter paint, beads, nails; the giant bear is made entirely of light-reflecting crystals, cradling a sleeping child through a fantasy landscape.

This mixed-media technique, so typical of Moshiri’s work, provides a sharp contrast between the almost fairytale childhood memory of the dreaming boy and the slightly sinister undertone of the jarring colours and textures.

Moshiri’s work is rooted in a pop art dialect, pioneered by the likes of Warhol, Wesselmann and Rauschenberg, and also examines themes of contemporary consumerist and branding culture. He draws inspiration from the clash and modernity in 20th century Iran, a world where the paradox reigns.

Christie’s sale of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian And Turkish Art Part I will take place in Dubai at Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel on April 16, 2013. 
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First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on April 14, 2013.