The loose and expressive brushsmarks in Parastoo's paintings give them energy and movement, be it in her supremely elegant still life work or powerful and romantic landscapes.
Parastoo's paintings are the product of a fertile imagination, the images having developed over the years from constant observation and powerful impressions which she expertly commits to canvas.
Parastoo studied Graphic Design in Iran in the 1970's, and then came to the UK to study Graphics and Animation at Croydon and Bournemouth Art Colleges. She now lives in the heart of Wiltshire where the landscape and surrounds prove to be a constant source of inspiration, feeding Parastoo’s imagination..
In her own words she says that ".....when I moved to the country, I felt that I had awakened from a long and deep sleep. No matter how faithfully I render the scene before me, it does not carry the power to convince if my painting does not represent a fertile imagination. My remembered, or rather invented, landscape paintings are more alive than the paintings I used to do on the same spot; it is my inner consciousness and my feelings which give life to my paintings".
A thing of beauty will show a combination of Parastoo’s floral and landscape work and is certainly an exhibition that should not be missed. Her pieces have been exhibited extensively throughout the UK, Europe and USA and she has work in a number of private collections. We are delighted that Parastoo will be exhibiting with us once again at Highgate Contemporary Art.
The exhibition also displays a selection of beautiful ceramics by Jill Fanshawe Kato and stone sculpture by Jane Waksman.