rosenfeld porcini is proud to present ‘Painting’, a solo exhibition of Iranian
painter Mehran Elminia’s most recent works. The gallery will showcase oil
paintings on canvas of varying dimensions. This exhibition follows on from
Elminia’s 2012 inaugural UK exhibition ‘Revealing Harmonies’.
Mehran Elminia is a painter in the purest sense of the word. His artistic search is not to comment on
politics, psychology, sociology, religion or human relationships. He is interested in exploring the
language of painting as an end unto itself. This purity of intent connects him to the world of American
abstract expressionism whose critic philosopher, Clement Greenberg, drew attention to the fact that
renouncing narrative liberated the language of painting to be of itself without the need for anything
else. The first cubisms of Picasso and Braque were also essentially concerned with language and
revolutionising the picture plane, but there was still a narrative to be portrayed; the same could be
said for literature, where within the experimental language of James Joyce in ‘Finnegans Wake’ there
is still a story being recounted.
The connection between Joyce and Mehran Elminia goes further; both use their stream of
consciousness to arrive at a certain level of spontaneity through thoughts and words, or as in
Elminia's case, marks and gestures. Capable of working almost 24 hours without a break, he strives
to reach a state of total oneness with the painting where nothing is premeditated and everything is
consumed in a seamless continuum of successive moments. In fact, the energy and visceral quality of
Elminia’s compositions can be directly related to this approach.
Of course simply to arrive at a pure spontaneity is no guarantee of the quality of an artist, quite the
opposite in fact. Mehran Elminia, however, is both a great colourist and possesses a natural sense of
composition. His works, with their great complexity, never appear as the fruit of a purely
spontaneous working method on the contrary they have a classically considered coherence; this may
well be one of his greatest achievements as an artist and certainly a testament to his unique qualities: The ability to develop his very own pictorial language which, on first impressions, belies his working
For a painter to find his own original approach is the most arduous thing of all when one considers
the history of art. Notwithstanding his best intentions, Mehran Elminia also discovers at the
termination of a work, as he steps back and emerges from his trance like state, that his finished
painting contains various figurative elements; his complete unawareness of the fact is testimony to
the uniqueness of his process.