Derissi, Iranian Master Painter
Derissi Then and Now
Art Review: Ahreeman X
March 1, 2007
Derissi, Iranian Master Painter and artist
This season's IPC Spotlight is on Abbas Derissi
The season is Spring and what better Iranian to put on the
spotlight than one who represents flowers, poetry, painting, art,
romance, rejuvenation, greens, Nowruz and Spring: Abbas Derissi
in the flesh!
is a classic. He is a humble, traditional Iranian with the entire
fine hospitable, friendly and pleasant traditional Iranian mentality
and behavior. The only element not classical in him is his art!
Even though he has done some Realistic and Classical work, and is well familiar with Persian Classical Painting and Miniatures,
yet his beef is Surrealism, Abstract and his own unique
style of Clay and Straw painting.
Surrealism, Abstract and Modern Art with a dash o Shiraz and what
do you get? Abbas Derissi indeed!
As you know
me, when it comes down to the definition of art, I am an extremely
selective critic. As a poet, author, musician and a graphic designer,
I do not approve of a poem, a literature piece, a music piece, a
play, a film, or a painting as "Art" unless it is truly
art! I am a hell of a critic and I give the 9 degrees to the artist
before I approve of his art. So when I say Abbas Derissi is truly
an artist, then you are well assured that this man is the Real Deal.
the painter, sculptor and graphic designer, started his career in
Iran as a realist. He started painting at the age of ten. Isn't
it amazing how all bright minds always start at age ten? As you
know, I started the study of history and philosophy at age ten and
Abbas started painting at age ten! I developed as an amateur historian
and Abbas developed as an artist.
Back in Iran,
Derissi's recognition in art was very obvious as he was growing
up to be one of the very few talented students in Tehran's Academy
of Fine Arts at Tehran University. After graduating he worked his
way up as the head designer of the Iranian National Television Broadcasting
and the Chairman of the Fine Arts Department of the Pahlavi University
of Shiraz. Before 1979, Derissi had done some great work for both
Imperial Iranian National Television and Pahlavi Shiraz University.
in his studio
shared his artistic views and work with other artists and public
all around the globe in over 48 art expositions and many more art
shows. Abbas Derissi has exhibited his art in Iran, Greece, Switzerland,
France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and United States of America.
His 2000 Expo in San Diego and 2001 Expo in New York were simply
smashes! These Expos were eye-catching.
Abbas is from
Shiraz, town of love and poetry. He is a typical Shirazi Artist.
If you define his life in one word then it will be "Love"!
He is a follower of Omar Khayyam. He loves Hafiz and Sa'di masters
of Persian poetry. He is a man of art, poetry, Sharab (wine), kabob,
romance and love. At an average day, you can witness guests from
all around the world are coming and going in and out of his art
gallery, studio and home. He often hosts guests from around the
globe at his home. Guests stay for weeks and months at his place.
His life is his family and friends. He enjoys entertaining and hosting
The Deep Look!
Aside from being
an artist and a master painter, he is also a master kabob chef.
If you want to taste the best Persian charbroiled Kabobs such as:
Kubideh (Ground Beef), Jujeh (Chicken), Chenjeh (Beef Chunks), Bareh
(Lamb) and Shish Kabobs, you better be on Derissi's list of friends
so he can grill some for you on his famous Persian handmade Manqal
Grill! After Kabob, he loves to sit down around the table and relax
near the wood-fire grill on the ocean-view deck outside his house,
on top of the hill. He loves chats around the fire. Chats about
art, poetry, philosophy, history, news and current events are his
favorites. Nothing more soothing and heartwarming than chats around
the fire with Abbas and other friends. The typical Persian hospitality
is well alive n Abbas. If you are a good Persian or Non Persian
human being, then Derissi's door is always open to you.
In 1972 Abbas
Derissi met Salvador Dali in Rome, and worked with him. This amazing
experience changed his life and his style of painting yet the surrealistic
world of Abbas Derissi was not one of melting clocks and teapots
with eyes of Salvador Dali to melt and fade away. The two collaborated
and Dali effected Derissi's art but he did not change Derissi's
was his own and he had a unique and wonderful style of his own.
He saw man as pitted against the elements; a brilliant, blinding
sun; the scorched earth; a wind blown desert in which objects and/or
people were floated in a dream-like state. To view these luminous
paintings was to inhabit the transcendent self, simply because of
their rapt content and brilliant technique. Derissi's art takes
you away in a dream-like surrealistic world!
a true Classic. Abbas has his own unique style of art, dress-up
am a lover of Realism, Classical and Miniature painting. Allow me
to be very frank with you: I believe Abstract and Modern painting
is garbage, valueless and is surely not art. Abbas is a rare meaningful
artist amongst the sea of Modern Abstract "Trash Painters".
Sometimes I see Abbas displays other artist's arts and throws shows
for them. Abbas helps other painters by using his art gallery to
sell their paintings. Abbas loves to help people, especially young
artists. I can make a lot of comments but I will only make one:
I just don't know how they sell and who buys all these garbage?
Some of these paintings are similar to a 3rd grader throwing paint
balls on the canvas! What morons would actually buy these abominations
for thousands of dollars and hang them in their homes? I would not
pay a dime for these so-called Art Work!
I cannot stand
Abstract and Modern painting; however, I must admit that I find
Abbases work intriguing and meaningful. I enjoy his color combinations,
stories behind his art and overall his great style. The reason for
me liking his art could be that he mixes surrealism with abstract.
Clay and Straw Paintings
Now these are
some of my favorites. In addition to his surrealist work, Derissi
had created another unique style, which originally was a pilgrimage
and a homage to the rural locations of Iran, through creation of
realistic figures in landscapes and settings comprised of real clay
and straw. The effect is magnificent, unsettling yet provocative
and pleasing. When you look at Abbases Clay and Straw paintings,
you get a warm feeling, the same feeling that you used to get while
travelling small villages of Iran. You can look at one of these
paintings and suddenly feel like you are in some small desert village
in Yazd, central Iran or maybe some mountain village in Kurdistan,
Abbas does not
really paint anymore Clay and Straw paintings, and this is more
reason for them to become classics. I own one of these Clay and
Straw paintings. Actually I have an original Derissi Clay and Straw
painting which I cherish and enjoy very much.
Derissi is currently
blending his surrealistic style with abstract painting. Some results
are wonderful. He is working on his paintings, sculptures, designs
and training art students at his studio. Abbas trains many art students
and he holds classes both in his studio and other locations in San
Derissi Art are for those who Think. If you look carefully in to all
Derissi paintings, you will see two very small men on the corners
of each painting! This is The Derissi brand. Two small men represent:
A) How small is human in comparison to the universe. B) Abbas believes
in power of cooperation (two) rather than single mindedness (one).
Let us review
some of Derissi's art:
Last Chance - Abbas, the man,
the art, the music and the whole shebang!
Minding My Root
Glimpse of a New Life
Gallery is located at La Jolla, San Diego County:
Gallery and Studio
Phone: (858) 551-4555
I believe it
is best for us to appreciate and value our great artists while they
are alive. Iranians often wait until a writer, a poet or a painter
dies and only then they celebrate his art! Iranians are good with
Dead Worship, but I am a firm believer in "Life and Love Worship"
and that is why I often celebrate the wonderful works of our many
talented Iranian Artists:
Art & Literature
Animation and Graphics
is one of the best contemporary Iranian painters. Abbas Derissi,
a wonderful human being, a fabulous artist and The Real Deal.
I wish Abbas
the best and more successful and prosperous days in the future.
Let us together celebrate Abbas Derissi, the humble, lovely and
talented Iranian Master Painter.
More power to Art
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