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The encounter between East and West, gesture and color

Natural and mystical processes inspire Ostovany’s practice on a daily basis, driving him on a personal journey of exploration through the alchemy of paint, color, light, texture and the poetics of space: a constant pursuit of a transcendent reality. Yari Ostovany was born in Iran in 1962 and moved to the United States at the age of 16 where he pursued his studies in Art first at the University of Nevada – Reno and further specialized at the San Francisco Art Institute where he gained his MFA in 1995. From that moment on, he has …

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Conference of the Birds 28, oil on panel, 20 x 20 inches (51 x 51 cm), 1999

The Poetics of Memory – Yari Ostovany

Jeremy Morgan Painting and at times music meet in the wordless. In the work of Yari Ostovany it may be considered as a reality. His work reflects an ongoing research through pure action. That action finds valency between intellect and intuition, each work functional as a psychic archiving, a material realization that is born of both reflection and enactment. The work is redolent with a sense of possibility. Each committed artist one assumes is committed to the recognition that every creative act is bound to the notion of communication indeed the mystical communication of experience. …

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Atmospheric Abstraction at Vorres Gallery

Barbara Morris, art ltd. Bay area-based artist Yari Ostovany has traveled far from his birthplace of Iran, which he left shortly after the beginning of the revolution, to his current home in Oakland. His journey has taken him through the MFA program at the San Francisco Art Institute, as well as a lengthy residence in Cologne, Germany. Ostovany’s medium to large-scale works are process-based and meditative, reflecting his interests in poetry and music, as well as a blending of Eastern and Western cultures. Chellehneshin 14 (2012) refers to a period of 40 days of praying …

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The Socratic method in shape and color

Dr. Grant Leneaux The Latin poet Horace famously stated that the purpose of poetry is to produce “delectare et prodesse”, to delight and enlighten the reader or listener. Yari Ostovany’s work can be seen as a pictorial translation of that dictum. While his paintings are instantaneously and effortlessly compelling, they do not yield themselves fully at first view. Their “meaning” is not accessible on the surface. They make their demands on the viewer. Demands of a philosophical as well as aesthetic order. Both intellectual and emotional demands of a high order. Yari Ostovany is truly …

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