Past Exhibitions / JASMINE HATAMI
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“Born in Italy and raised in Iran, we then left in the late seventies to live in Rome, Seattle and then Atlanta. The memories of my Iranian homeland are now just nostalgic images, as the country has irreversibly changed and is unrecognisable to me. I have lived in many places where I have felt like both a foreigner and a local. These things all give inspiration to my practice. I try to take the scenes and my experience and emotions of a place and with a vague idea of composition, I begin to paint. My artworks are often centred around a female protagonist and capture the nuances of the ever changing world around me which I see every day becoming faster paced and more automated with the advancement our society now sees.
My Italian mother was a renowned painter and her teachings guided me in my artistic development. From her I learned how to combine bold colours and freedom of design. My Iranian father was an architect and his guidance with technical drawing has helped me develop skill with composition. My work shows influences from Renaissance painters like Raphael, and the Pre-Raphaelite Dante Gabriele Rosetti, but also the Surrealists, de Chirico and Magritte. They all have had an influence on my view of life, being “real”(Raphael and Rossetti) and “surreal”(Magritte and De Chirico) the later dared to challenge the dogma to express change and freedom of thought”- Jasmine Hatami Jasmine