Born in Teheran in 1948 from a well-known family, Abol Atighetchi finished his primary school in Tehran and was sent to complete higher education in Switzerland, and later to a boarding school in England, where he graduated with a B.S.C. degree as an aeronautical engineer from Queen Mary College ,University of London.
Abol lived in France from 1983 to 1992, in this period he painted a series of figurative paintings called “Nouvelle Figuration”. The artist preferred to keep the collection hidden, until he decided to bring them to light with the newly started collaboration with Oblong Contemporary Gallery in Dubai. The artworks from this period represented the artist’s interpretation of the different cultures around the world. Abol shows his vision of the ancient populations from North and South America, African tribes, Papua New Guinean and the far East.
In 1996 Abol’ s culture took him back from the Nouvelle Figuration to his roots and was induced to follow his love for calligraphy as the final stage of his artistic evolution inspired by the poet M Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī. The difficulties he faced when he took up calligraphy painting was primarily the composition and the coloring, how to find balance and harmony.
It is incredible how the artist combines the use colors with large dimensions and deep compositions. The color “black” is no more a predominant. Abol paints calligraphy also on wood, where he uses lines and dots to ornament the background.
DUBAI DESIGN WEEK8 - 13 Nov 2022 DUBAIOblong Contemporary Gallery will present the works by Gustavo Vélez, Manu Algueró, Stefano Bombardieri, Abol Atighetchi, Cveto Marsič, Flavio Lucchini and Gianfranco Meggiato at the Showroom of GIORGETTI in OBEGI Home, Dubai.Read more
The Story of ABOL28 Mar - 30 May 2022 DUBAIThis Ramadan, Oblong Contemporary Gallery will present the Iranian artist Abol Atighetchi. For the first time exhibited to the public a series of 12 unpublished paintings.Read more
NEW ERA3 - 20 Nov 2021 DUBAIOblong Contemporary in Dubai opens up the winter season with the group show “New Era”, on the occasion of the inauguration of a new exhibition space in front of the Ain Dubai in Bluewaters IslandRead more