Cross-cultural Paintings

Cross Cultural Paintings reflect:

the beauty of the human differences. As the natural world is diverse, so is the human world. It has gone the time when racism and cultural prejudice were signs of national and identity pride and distinction. Now is the time for living together and respecting diversity.

These type of culturally and stylistically diverse paintings contain images and information from different cultures, such as paintings by Abbas Mehran, which combines Iranian rug pattern and Australian iconic animals.

We also may call Cross-cultural those paintings that contain images and information imported from other cultures. This is done by artists to enrich the content of their work and also to educate public of other cultures. Example are paintings by William Morris who used Persian imagery in his paintings

My Paintings, mostly multicultural, reflect my diverse cultural experiences, because I have lived within different cultures, Iran, Argentina, USA, Australia, and briefly in China. I respect all cultures and all differences, an I attempt to show this in my artwork. My art is for all to experience and enjoy. See also Selfscape Paintings which are cross-cultural landscape paintings.

In making culturally diverse paintings, I do not attempt to claim being a bridge-maker between cultures. There are significant amounts of discussions and scholarly articles about cross-cultural arts, and how arts can be used to bridge cultural differences, but as far as I understand, cultural differences are not something that could be easily bridged by imitation, reworking, or recycling of other visual cultures. Most artists somehow become fascinated by other cultures’ visual expressions, and consciously or unconsciously attempt to use some visual elements from those cultures. They simply want to experiment something different, or they want to incorporate new information (patterns, text, icons, or any other forms) in their work in order to enrich the content of their work.

I believe any artist’s attempt for mingling with other cultures and consciously utilising their visual conventions in their work to build a bridge between the cultures is futile and fruitless. To enhance their art aesthetically and conceptually, artists do many things, including borrowing visual elements from the past and from other cultures. They do it artistically and for the fun of it; for their own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of their viewer.

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