Artwork of the Day: Oranges, Mêdad

Medad, Oranges

"Oranges" by Medad

Today’s Artwork of the Day is “Oranges,” a 40″x 30″ oil on canvas by Artexpo New York 2011 exhibitor Mêdad.

Born in 1965 in Persia, Mêdad was dismissed from Fine Art University in Tehran shortly after matriculating. His exploration of surrealist ideas, “which flew between the meaningless and meaningful,” were not welcome in Iran’s conservative cultural milieu.

Mêdad made his debut in the 1980s with exhibiting his surreal paintings at the culture hall of a Randers Museum after moving to Denmark in 1984.Since then Mêdad has opened his own galleries at the same time he has exhibited widely in galleries in Denmark and throughout the United States. Mêdad taught art in Danish high schools and his own private art school in Copenhagen.

After relocating to Palm Beach Florida in the early 90′s, Mêdad moved out of his surrealist period, embracing Neo-realism. With its clear, bright colors and sharp edges, “Oranges” is typical of the still life paintings in which he has specialized since that time. Yet even these apparently traditional subjects were informed Mêdad’s trademark sense of ambiguity and his probing questions about the nature of reality. Despite their name, he says:

These still lives are not frozen moments or snapshots. There is an ongoing struggle between real and unreal in my art which can move perceptions. Exaggeration of size and forms, or colors and lights and shadows in a digestible approach, is my way of not compromising the reality of the subject — and still preserve its ambiguity.

We look forward to welcoming Mêdad at Artexpo New York 2011.

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