Cross-cultural Paintings

Cross Cultural Paintings 

Cross-cultural paintings reflect the beauty of human differences. As the natural world is diverse, so is the human world. It has gone time when racism and cultural prejudice were signs of national and identity pride and distinction. Now is the time to live together and respect diversity.

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

Another category of Cross-cultural paintings incorporates images and information from other cultures. Artists do this not only to diversify their work but also to educate the public about different cultures. A prime example is the work of William Morris, who used Persian imagery to enrich the content of his paintings.

My predominantly multicultural paintings reflect my diverse cultural experiences because I have lived within different cultures: Iran, Argentina, the USA, Australia, and briefly in China. I respect all cultures and differences and 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. My first novel, Alley of Scented Roses, is evidence of my multicultural identity and respect for diversity.

In making culturally diverse paintings, I do not attempt to claim to be 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. Still, as far as I understand, cultural differences cannot 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 want to experiment with something different or incorporate new information (patterns, text, icons, or other forms) to enrich their work’s content.

I believe any artist’s attempt to mingle with other cultures and consciously use their visual conventions in their work to build a bridge between them is futile. 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 the enjoyment of their viewers.

(see also my book, a cross-cultural novel, Alley of Scented Roses)