Art Talk Monday

Art Innovations will abound with colorful abstraction and blossom with florals during a solo exhibit by Ruston artist Hooshang Khorasani. One portion of the show is called "Spring Color Storm" and the other, "Spring Flower Show." A flier for the event terms the floral segment "a celebration that causes all bouquets on canvas to be sold at 50 percent off regular price. These flowers last much longer, and you can enjoy them for many springs to come."

An opening reception is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the gallery at 112 W. Alabama. The exhibit will continue through April 30.

Hooshang is a busy fine-arts painter who works in mixed media and acrylic and maintains working studios in both Ruston and Southern California. He has a bachelor of fine arts in painting and worked 12 years as a graphic designer and illustrator before becoming self-employed in 1984.

Art Innovations gallery owner Jackie Cochran said one reason she chose Hooshang for this exhibit is because of the paradox and irony of his approaches to the two subject matters that are featured. "In his floral works, Hooshang uses a boldly modern style with traditional subject matter," Cochran said. "And his abstracts, while being distinctly modern, also take a classical look at that genre. So, in effect, this is art that has something to offer for everyone."

A Shreveport Times review of an earlier show offered a similar conclusion: "This is one of those rare shows with appeal to art lovers with preferences ranging across the entire spectrum from traditional to avant-garde."

Hooshang's exhibit record bears that out. His award-winning work has been featured in exhibits, galleries and museums throughout the country; his paintings are in private collections in Europe and across America as well as in corporate collections and the permanent collection of Florida's Lake Eustis Museum of Art. Both his florals and abstracts have been published by Bentley Publishing Group.

Hooshang's latest work is the abstract "Color Storm" series, for which he expresses a particular affinity. His artist statement expresses some of those feelings. "For me, 'abstract' is a feeling that finally turns into a form – a form that flows," he writes. "I paint in layers, adding texture; the paint itself joins the creative process. I’m a tour guide on the journey, but there’s another participant: My hands are virtually channeled into a universal source of energy. That power then pulses through my artist's tools and brushes."

Hooshang's other paintings in the show, florals, are a long-time favorite among his collectors. They have been described as "colorful vases of flowers melting into a modern backdrop" and "bouquets that are lush and lovely, each flower an exuberant gesture."

Concerning the "Spring Flower Show," Hooshang said he hopes this will become an annual Ruston tradition that other artists will join in the future and, indeed, NCLAC is exploring that option. "I think that having such a show in the spring is a beautiful way to begin this wonderful season," Hooshang said.

Again, his artist statement relays his feelings: "In my studio, I often arrange flowers, which become a source of inspiration. I try to find the energy and inner life within my subjects without fully revealing them, seeking to unveil the mysteries and beauties of the world around me."