Aneh Mohamad Tatari

December 2005

This unique exhibition of Tatari’s paintings includes over 30 of his mostly large wall hanging. His work reflects the tribal, mystical and colorful background of his homeland, Turkmen Sahara in northeastern region of Iran. Tatari's large wall hangings of acrylic on canvas reflect a happy mélange of styles, reminiscent of his Central Asian roots, Iranian miniatures, icons and Fauvist images.

 

We see figurative forms verging on the abstract, some representing the intimate rituals of family life, domestic scenes, mostly of women, the custodians of the visual expression of the tribe. Other compositions resemble nomad encampments, saintly figures or dancing dervishes, framed often by indecipherable phrases and prayers. A recurrent motif in Tatari's work is the square, reflecting the Kaaba - the ultimate sacred square and the four sacred elements of earth, water, fire and the air, and their relation to mankind.

 

Another repeated theme is the image of a "Tchacho" also known as "Chador Shab" (the night veil), the personal silk cover used for weddings and funerals, which with its green, purple and red colors connects life to death. The dominant red and orange in the paintings reflect the colors of the Turkmen Dasht region; the blue refers to the Caspian Sea; the figures, semi-abstract undefined forms, whether male or female, revealed; their luminous serenity reflecting sacred moments. Tatari's sensual paintings radiate warm luscious colors, often reflecting what could be called a nearly religious feeling for life. Devoid of the disturbing subjects surrounding today's Iran, they act on the viewer like a mental balm.

 

Tatari teaches fine arts at the University of Tehran and has exhibited extensively since 1992. His works can be seen in the Tehran Museum of Modem Art, The British Museum, London and The Jordan Museum, Amman. 

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