Bringing Faiths Together in Artwork -- Haydar Hatemi From the Most Sought-After Painter Among Middle Eastern Royalty

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The Headley-Whitney Museum presents "Stories of the Messengers: Works by Haydar Hatemi."

The Headley-Whitney Museum is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition of works by Haydar Hatemi. Mr. Hatemi is an extraordinary artist who employs the unique technique, tezhip (guilding) and utilizes hairline brushes to create finely detailed masterpieces. The exhibition features Stories of the Messengers from the Bible, Koran, Torah and Zoroastrianism. This is Mr. Hatemi's first American Exhibition.

Haydar Hatemi was born in Alamdar, Iran in 1945. He studied the ancient technique of tezhip under Master Abduhl Bageri. He later graduated from the Fine Arts College of University of Tehran where he also became accomplished in painting, calligraphy and sculpture.

While living in Iran, he won many awards for his work including first prize in 1971, in the gold medallion competition held in commemoration of the 2500th anniversary of Iran. He was presented the award by the Queen of Iran, Farah Pahlavi.

In 1983, to pursue his career, Hatemi moved to Turkey where he opened his own studio. After working there for many years he moved to the United States with the Smithsonian supporting his visa, deeming his work rare and unique. He now resides in Lexington, KY.

Mr. Hatemi's works are done in classical Persian tradition of the sixteenth century Herat School and are exceptional in their fine detail to scenery and imagery. Many of his works are in private collections and museums. For the last decade he has been working under the patronage of the Royal Family of Qatar.


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