Many of my dome and tent paintings of the past years were less about paint than image. Their recent transmutations are about paint. These paintings are portraits. Perhaps even self-portraits, fragile portrayals. Some are ruins, some are vessels, and transport. The new images in these paintings continue to grow out of, or away from their predecessors. They are sometimes devils, then angels. Some are on land, in sky or sea, occasional remnants, reformed or transformed. They are a return as well as departure, departure from the dome image and back to the way I used to paint.
(HK Zamani, 2017)
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Iranian-born artist HK Zamani (Habib Kheradyar Zamani) lives and works in Los Angeles. His work is guided by extreme influences ranging from asceticism to psychedelia. He has exhibited in many cities, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Berlin, London, Vienna, Prague, Seoul, and Saigon. His work is in the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Berkeley Museum of Art, and AD&A Museum at UC Santa Barbara. He has received the COLA grant, and the California Community Foundation Getty grant. Zamani is the founder and director of PØST (1995-present), a subversive venue for contemporary art, where nearly five hundred exhibitions have been presented.