Franco-Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar’s oil paintings are well-known for exploring his visionary and philosophical views on life and humanity, derived from the artist’s personal life experience of post-revolution Iran, including the Iran-Iraq war, a two-decade experience in an uncertain place and sensitive time of the artist's life.
Behnam-Bakhtiar paints in his signature style of textured scraped painting, representing the layers of energy and feelings. He paints from one layer to another for several years to create his complex works referencing to a prosperous way of life, human evolution, the universal language, eternal feelings and Self, history, present and future, awakening a strong sense of experiencing positive emotions and transcendence, while accessing its audience's psyche to bring about locked knowledge, intuition and human sensitivity.
Sassan's most recent body of works entitled Oneness Wholeness have been shown worldwide including a recent solo exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery and a solo exhibition at the historic Villa Santo Sospir in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
‘We are lacking humanity in our lives and moving further and further away from it. I see the need for a turn in direction towards a better understanding of ourselves as human beings. So much seems to be missing, even though in reality all is present for us to thrive and evolve. I think that the conscious development of the mind towards being who we really are, not the illusion of who we are is fundamental – we have to better understand our true needs, enabling us to connect to the Self and transcend to that evolved state of being with a correct spiritual mindset, which I believe everyone is looking for today, consciously or unconsciously. With the world moving so quickly these days, I call on us to pause, stop, to rethink and to focus on creating the right communities with values and priorities to push our societies towards a mindset that brings good instead of evil, hope instead of fear, health instead of illness, construction instead of destruction, love instead of hate, honesty instead of lies and bravery instead of cowardice.’