2001 Knights: A Magic Shadow Show            
Compositions by Shahryar Amiri
June 4 - 11, 2005   
Opening Reception:  Saturday, June 4, 6-9pm
Closing Reception:  Saturday, June 11, 6-9pm
Free valet parking
Hamilton Galleries
1431 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
Contact:  Brett Naftzger, 310-396-2278
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Shahryar Amiri, "Davood", archival inkjet print on canvas, 28" x 28”.

Iranian-born Artist Premiers his Edgy, Sensual, Erotic Compositions in 2001 Knights: A Magic Shadow Show

The emotion-filled compositions of Shahryar Amiri are dynamic representations of influences that have rarely been brought together before in a body of work.  Shahryar expertly blends his Middle Eastern heritage with his strong sense of sexuality by relying on his culture’s appreciation for poetry and color.  At first glance, the resulting artwork is startling and perhaps shocking but after longer observation the compositions’ nuances resolve the initial perceptions of conflict and the viewer develops a deeper sense of meaning by closely studying the pieces that read like books.
2001 Knights: A Magic Shadow Show consists of carefully crafted compositions that contain statuesque gods and warriors who drink from ancient fountains, bask lazily on stairs next to reflecting pools and take flight on mythological wings while surrounded by brightly colored landscapes of turbulent waters, ancient castles and barren deserts. For Shahryar, the use of vivid colors is the key to expressing himself and his compositions glow with electric blues, reds and yellows. Adding to the richness of the works are strong symbols and heavy imagery as well as excerpts of poems written by Shahryar in his native tongue and great Persian poets such as Omar Khayyam. He creates his compositions in a classical style through a complex manipulation of photos combined with original digital artwork.

Shahryar Amiri was born in Tehran, Iran in 1959 and moved to Austin, Texas with his family at the age of fifteen.  After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Texas, Shahryar worked for ten years as an Urban Designer in Austin, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.   Shahryar has lived in Los Angeles for the past sixteen years and currently works independently through his graphic design business, Xerxes Studios that he started in 1993.  Shahryar is a multi-talented artist and expresses himself through photography, illustrations, drawings, poetry, carpentry and digital artwork.

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