Flying, 2011, Acrylic on Canvas, 120 x 80 cm.

Flying, 2011, Acrylic on Canvas, 120 x 80 cm.

Created in 2011, Flying showcases another facet of Shahram Entekhabi's artistic intelligence. Through a strictly monochromatic approach, this painting explores the artist's mastery of the grisaille technique, reminiscent of medieval illumination. The concept behind , 2011, Acrylic on Canvas, 120 x 80 cm. delves into themes of economy of means, artistic prowess, and the paradoxical interplay between meticulous planning and spontaneous expression.

Acrylic on Canvas, measuring 120 x 80 cm, Flying captivates viewers with its singular color palette and variations in tonalities. The painting's monochromatic nature, akin to grisaille technique, enhances the visual impact and draws attention to the artist's deliberate choices.

Entekhabi skillfully employs a limited color palette, predominantly focused on a single color with subtle mixtures of white and black for modeling. This deliberate reduction of colors challenges the artist to achieve a sense of mimesis within these constraints. However, in Flying , Entekhabi demonstrates his artistic prowess by creating exquisite paintings that strike a delicate balance between elegance and strength.

Despite the apparent mapped-out composition, Flying paradoxically exudes a sense of spontaneity and improvisation. The meticulously planned brushstrokes and thoughtful arrangement of shapes, forms, and textures give rise to a visual narrative that engages the viewer's imagination.

The overall effect of Flying is mesmerizing, with the monochromatic tones evoking a sense of tranquility and introspection. The interplay of light and shadow, expertly rendered through the artist's brushwork, adds depth and dimension to the composition.

Inspired by an excerpt from the article "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Raúl Taylor Zamudio, Flying showcases Shahram Entekhabi's artistic finesse. It is a testament to his ability to create elegant and powerful pieces that engage viewers on both intellectual and aesthetic levels.

Raúl Taylor Zamudio is a New York-based independent curator, art critic, art historian and educator.

Flying Painting was exhibited at:
2012: Flying — Exhibition by 2 und 50 UG, curated by Christoph Tannert, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)