Behind the series "Lost Tribes"


Oblong Contemporary Gallery in Dubai presents four works by the Iranian Abol Atighetchi from his "Lost Tribes" series painted in 1991 and unveiled and opened to the public for the first time since their creation,


Many know ABOL as an artist who has always been challenging himself by trying to achieve the un-imaginable, a task which only artists and poets who are endowed with a fertile imagination and a tormented spirit can accomplish. His latest paintings reflect in fact calligraphic works on canvas and wood, drawing inspiration from the great Persian poet Rumi.


This four paintings reveals four paintings that Abol created France, where he spent a great part of his life. The artist lived in Paris from 1983 to 1992. In this period, he painted a series of abstract paintings called “Nouvelle Figuration”. The study of his earlier creations shows the cult force and compositional devices by which Abol contrived, to offer the viewer far more than an intense and genuine aesthetic satisfaction.


In the “Lost Tribes” series, painted in 1991, the artist expresses his admiration towards old Tribes and ancient World Civilizations. In these works, Abol focuses on his own interpretation of the tribes of the American Indian Red Skin, the Canadian Aminiboine Sioux, and the Japanese civilisation with his work “Hiroshima” (1991). These acrylic on canvas are an homage to the destinations that the artist visited throughout his "Nouvelle Figuration" period.

October 3, 2021