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First solo UK exhibition of the Iranian artist Mehran Elminia's large-scale abstract paintings opens
Mehran Elminia, Birth, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 160 x 200 cm.
LONDON.- Rosenfeld Porcini presents Revealing Harmonies by the emerging Iranian artist Mehran Elminia. This will be the first solo UK exhibition of Elminia’s work and will include oil and mixed media works on canvas displayed over both floors of the gallery.

Elminia works on a canvas attached to the wall but his improvisation does not contain any of the violence found in works by artists such as Jackson Pollock. Working no more than 1 metre from the large canvas throughout, he eschews any idea of figuration; figures can appear, but the artist is oblivious until he steps back to look at the finished work. His purely emotional response to his art and the total oneness he achieves between body, brush and canvas has the capacity to create works of great emotional intensity.

Sometimes doing 24 hours continual painting, the artist’s brush becomes a complete extension of his inner soul. His declared aim is to arrive at a state of ecstasy where all knowledge of the past is absent and he can achieve a total symbiosis with the moment. The visual complexity, richness of brush strokes and vibrant colours draw us in gradually so that it is possible for the viewer to attain an almost trance like state as we, little by little, enter the artist’s visual universe. The endless brush strokes create a further effect of staring into a spider’s web and losing oneself in a new and rarefied world.

Elminia comments: When I am in front of the blank canvas, I make a conscious attempt to eliminate all thoughts of my past, present and future and to stand naked in the most complete sense, negating any idea of 'I', so that my brush can produce the most instinctive, natural and purest relationship between it, the paint and the canvas".

Mehran Elminia was born in Tabiz ( Iran ) in 1975. He obtained his masters in art from Rome University of Fine Arts and currently lives and works in Iran as both as an artist and a teacher. Elminia has exhibited with several galleries and art fairs in Italy including Rome International Art Fair and Milan International Art Fair along with solo exhibitions in Iran . He has further contributed to group exhibitions in Dubai and Rome and was featured in the 2010 Biennale of Contemporary Religious Art, Stauròs Museum , Italy . This will be his first solo UK exhibition.

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