Nicky Nodjoumi: Limited Edition Print

  • Nicky Nodjoumi 'Between Two', 2022 Duotone lithographic print on Somerset Satin 400gsm paper 76 x 60 cm Edition of 50...

    Nicky Nodjoumi

    'Between Two', 2022

    Duotone lithographic print on Somerset Satin 400gsm paper

    76 x 60 cm

    Edition of 50 + 5 APs

    £750 + VAT

     

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  • Iranian-born American artist, Nicky Nodjoumi (b. 1941, Kermanshah, Iran), is celebrated for his large scale, figurative and politically-charged paintings and drawings, which consistently test the boundaries between creative and political expression. 

     

    For this limited edition, Nodjoumi has released a duotone lithographic print titled ‘Between Two’, 2022, in a limited edition of 50 + 5 Artist Proofs. Based on an original ink drawing, within this dynamic scene an indistinguishable group of men in modern day business suits are caught in a physical altercation, whilst behind them the ghostly impressions of Persian monarchs past mirror the sense of violent aggression. Feelings of frustration, conflict, and instability come to the fore, as we – the viewer – witness the age-old cycle of history repeating itself between two distant generations. The lithographic printing process expertly captures the expressive application of Nodjoumi’s brushstrokes and splatters of ink, and the dimensions of the print replicate the scale of the original drawing. 

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    Underlying all of Nodjoumi’s artworks are fundamental social concerns—the struggle for justice, a resistance to political repression, and an insistence on human dignity.”

     

    - Shiva Balaghi, PhD (Cultural Historian)

  • About the Artist
    About the Artist

    Nodjoumi earned a Bachelor’s degree in art from Tehran University of Fine Arts before relocating to the United States in the late 1960s, where he received his Master’s degree in Fine Arts from The City College of New York in 1974. Returning to Tehran to join the faculty of his alma mater, Nodjoumi joined his politically galvanized students in their criticism of the Shah’s regime, designing political posters inspired by the revolutionary spirit sweeping the country. This ultimately resulted in his exile from Iran in 1979 in the aftermath of the revolution.

     

    Political activism continues to saturate Nodjoumi’s creative expression today. He layers his personal heritage and lived experiences in Iran and the United States into scenes that allude to collective experiences underpinned by socio-political struggles, and which resonate beyond specific historical contexts or geographical boundaries.

     

    Utilising diverse Eastern and Western art historical references in his work, from Persian illuminated manuscripts to Picasso, Nodjoumi’s compositions are conceived as stages upon which anonymous besuited men or nude figures balance precariously; frozen mid-action, wrestling with one another, kneeling on the ground, or with arms outstretched and hands open in impassioned gesture  Flora and fauna feature, at times abstracted in both scale and placement, standing in as mysterious metaphors for irony, morality, and history old and new.

     

    Drama pervades Nodjoumi’s work, both in subject matter and execution. Smudged, thick gestural brushstrokes, or wet flecks of ink spray add surface drama to the compositions, as if drawn quickly and spontaneously from live events unfolding before him. In particular, Nodjoumi’s ink and newspaper drawings exude a sense of frenzied immediacy, of instinctual creative expression in response to the news of the day. 

     

    Nicky Nodjoumi lives and works in Brooklyn. Having exhibited internationally since 1968, numerous artworks now reside in prominent institutional collections including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the British Museum (London), LACMA (Los Angeles), Guggenheim (Abu Dhabi), and the Nelson-Atkins Museum (Kansas City), and most recently the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington DC). In 2020, The New York Times Magazine counted Nodjoumi amongst the 25 most influential works of American protest art since WWII. 

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