Textured love portrait paintings by Artist Bahman
I draw my inspiration greatly from esotericism without this being the main theme of my work. There are many references to Greek mythology, Christianity and the Kabbalah. All this is indicated by sometimes insignificant details that only attract the attention of a connoisseur. I like to borrow elements from ancient times and civilizations, sometimes unrelated to each other, to make a heterogeneous whole which never the less has a certain unity. In the same way, I mix pictorial influences from ancient Greece, the Italian Renaissance, or the Baroque. A kind of fusion painting according to my desires without being based on anything concrete or authentic. The important thing is to achieve a harmonious whole, which sometimes conveys a subliminal message. The search for beauty remains above all my main goal.
The texture of the paintings is as important as the paint. From embossing to the inclusion of stones through additions of various objects such as feathers or metal sheets, all covered with gold, the texture gives a three-dimensional aspect to the painting, the appearance of which changes according to the light. This is the reason why my works lose their interest when they are seen in the form of photographs. My inspiration comes from ancient icons where only the faces and hands of saints were painted and everything else was just gilding and engraving. Between traditional painting and the bizarre object, my works would easily find their place in what was once called a cabinet of curiosities. ~ @bahman.artiste
Words of wisdom 2 : a man is accompanied by his psychopomp ( spirit in the form of an animal who guides the deceased in the realm of death) with two women initiating him with the Logos( the verb)
Words of wisdom 3 : an angel is initiating a young girl
Memento mori : I remember death. Love is stronger than death, although love is inseparable from death
The lovers : the lovers are surrounded by angels who glorify their love. The peacock is one of the allegory of the ultimate transformation of the philosopher stone, and the fullness of their union. The snake is a reminder that love can always be perverted by sin and death.
Woman and psychopomp : the character is accompanied by her guide.
The kiss 2 : the kiss of damnation that leads to etetnal death
Woman / man : these characters have their eyes closed like diseased people buried in their ceremonial outfits, surrounded by gold and jewelry, as in antique burial ceremonies. A serie of drawing I did in the beginning
The kiss 2 : the kiss of redemption that leads to eternal life
Bliss : the two lovers are surrounded by two Angels , one is holding a pomegranate, the fruit of desire, and the other one, a skull. Love and death are intimately linked