Van Gogh with a hat ( Art in progress)

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DSC04020, a photo by doodle_juice on Flickr.

My Vincent has been sitting in the garage/studio for a while. I used a filter to contrast the shadows and get a feel for it but he ended up looking slightly freaky. The idea is to bring famous paintings to life so I will cast and make a plaster copy and then paint it in the Vincent style.

It is time to Act

Wordle: It is time to act

OK Now I’m over doing the word cloud, but I thought I do a final word cloud of a political Article I wrote back in 2010.

Here is the original article.

Art in progress


Art in progress, a set on Flickr.

I’m currently working on the following oil paintings. They are not finished but almost complete.

Quran Sura 1-4 word cloud

Wordle: Quran sura 1-4

I couldn’t resist using Wordle on Quran. I would be interested to see a word cloud for the entire text, but for now Sura 1-4 will do.
As an Atheist I am very much interested in Humanity, and religion which is man’s desire for faith and how it manifests itself gives me a better understanding into our vunrability.

Another Birth ( A poem by Forugh Farrokhzad)

Wordle: Another Birth ( poem by forough Farokhzad)

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It is Forugh Farrokhzad’s poem “Another Birth”.

You can read the poem here:

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I’ve developed an interest in Art that is based on real life data or in this case data from an unexpected source.

I came across TextArc a few years ago, but I didn’t think of it as Art until recently.

TextArc uses the two major classics of Hamlet and Alice in Wonderland to demonstrate how on a single page text could be visually represented. The viewer’s eye absorbs more data which it wouldn’t if you read the text in a serial page to page.

Why don’t you have a play for yourself:

Aziz Beshnin be Kenarom ( Come and sit next to me my sweet)

Sima Bina is one of the most prominent Iranian folk singers.

She started learning music under the direction of her father Ahmed Bina (poet/classical musician). She studied Arts at Tehran University.

Other than her gift of music, Sima Bina’s major contribution has been the research into folk music of Iran. She has brought her work to an International audience around the globe.

Let’s Talk

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Let’s Talk, a photo by doodle_juice on Flickr.

From my DaGod series.

Someone wears a mask and holds a household hostage, he insists that he now owns the house and decides the fate of those who live there. He insists that within that household you should let him play by his rules. You as a neighbour and businessman had a role in the affairs of that family. You sold the mad man the gun. You bribed the father of the house to the point that he had lost all traces of dignity. Now you are interested in the premiums of the policy that you also sold him and if that would continue to generate revenue. Your son says let them be, they are like animals anyway. Your wife says you should take a gun and be ready and call the forces before he comes and shoots your children. You had an unbalanced neighbour and because of your greed you pushed them to the point that their son’s madness emerged. Now instead of a friendly neighbour you have to calm down a madman with a gun who wants to talk but only on his on terms and this time he is holding an innocent family hostage and is a threat to you. This is no allegory, this is what happened in my country! The madmen are the Islamists holding our people hostage, and we watch hopelessly as they drive their household and the neighbourhood into destruction.


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Bern, a set on Flickr.

This is my last Swiss blog. I’ll be back in UK on Monday. It has been a glorious 9 month here. Like an isolated Darwinian evolutionary continent, Switzerland with its unique political status has evolved a culture different from the rest of Western Europe, this is more visible when you visit the museums. There you are likely to find the concept of War something that is historical or happens to other people. You will find paintings, landscapes which are uniquely Swiss and you would not see around the world. Historical museums, and second-hand shops are full of luxury items and beautiful art Deco furniture and vintage designer clothing owned by generations of wealthy Swiss. The Art and sculpture is rich with detail, extravagance and sometimes a distinct humour.

Anyway, this was my last weekend in this beautiful country so I decided to make the most of it and visit Bern. When I went to the Zurich station I was surprised to find a Thai Festival in action. I went to listen to the chanting of the monks and looked around the food and furniture stands and decided to go and get my train. Bern is a city with so much to offer.

Apart from the medieval oddities such as a sculpture of an Ogre eating babies, or the impressive old clock tower, the city is picturesque and the museums are rich with unusual artefacts. Bern is a very happy city. You see people of all ages having romantic interaction, you see little kids running around the water works in a large square and getting soaked laughing and having fun.

There was an exhibition of hoof cleaning cows and horses. The poor cow was mowing like mad when it was tied down and her hooves were being grind down.

Going back to the subject of Swiss differences, Ferdinand Hodler symbolist paintings are distinctly Swiss.

After the Art visits, the historical museum was also interesting. I came across many unexpected Iranian items such as Astronomy an Astrology instruments, lacquered pen holders, Sufi order items such as the Sufi master’s hat  and axe etc. There was also a collection of Qajar Art including 18th century pen holders and recreation of women’s room inside a Qajari house.

The most impressive which in my opinion is a unique masterpiece was the Joseph Reinhart’s paintings of Swiss costumes 787 to 1797 as well as a series of water colours called the dance of death.

The final visit was to Einstein museum where I discovered a side of Albert that I didn’t know about. Albert was one hell of a lover boy and his poor wife who was also educated and had ambitions of an academic life settled for being a house wife and had to put up with her husband’s infidelity. Einstein was wrongly associated with the creation of the Atomic bomb by the Time magazine, but he tried to rectify that. He did his best to curb its use and make people think about the Arm’s race and the catastrophic outcome. He was under surveillance during the McCarthy years and was almost expelled from U.S. He died after a speech about nuclear disarmament and proposing the idea of a world Government in 1955.

I had a great lunch and a glass of Swiss white beer and slept like a baby on the train.

When I came back to Zurich I finished off a very distinct and fantastic glass of Honey wine. I bought a bottle after doing having a wine tasting session and chose a bottle that was not sweet but had a lot of character. The alcohol intake was the exception. I was simply making the most of my Swiss experience and had to finish my wine bottle as my luggage could go over the weight limit. Well at least it is a good excuse to celebrate a long journey!

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