The delicate floral motifs in this exquisite work derive from the decorative illumination found in traditional Persian miniature painting. Typically, illumination forms the decorative sections around important letters or blocks of text, or fills the margins as a colorful frame for the central image. Here however, the artist has made illumination the subject of the work, filling a hole in the center of the paper with these beautiful but painstaking patterns. Traditionally ground from lapis lazuli, this ethereal blue has long been associated with spiritual contemplation. Here the abstract form hangs like a star, simple and complex, near and far, inspiring a sense of wonder.Paper: 2-color silkscreen on white Arches Cover paper, 200gsm.
Tamim Sahib Zader
|Miniature painter Tamim Sahib Zader was born in Kabul in 1975 and began learning his craft at the tender age of seven. His dedication to the preservation of this delicate tradition was almost cut short upon his capture by the Taliban. Stopped and searched because of his Western clothes, he was beaten...
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