Art People Gallery Presents Artist Simin Massoudi in a Solo Exhibit on June 9th

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Art People Gallery, a premier San Francisco art gallery, presents the latest works of artist Simin Massoudi.

Simin Massoudi "The Dreamer"

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Simin Massoudi’s artwork will be on exhibit at Art People Gallery, a premier San Francisco gallery on June 9th, 2012 from 4-8pm.

Artist Simin Massoudi (formerly Massoudi Meykadeh) started painting in Tehran, Iran. In the 1970’s, she took art classes with renowned artist Sirak Melkonian who inspired her to paint freely and use her imagination, something that she has continued to do to this day. Melkonian encouraged his students to look at the world with the eyes of their imagination, instead of copying it. Simin Massoudi sees shapes, faces, and lines which perhaps no one else notices, a secret she feels she shares with nature. Her goal is to simplify her lines and her paintings, and still convey the full range of her feelings without cluttering the eye of the viewer with details. One of her fondest and proudest memories as an artist was forged during one of her early Open Studio shows, when a 10-year old looked at one of her drawings and told his mother: “Wow, this drawing only has 8 lines, and it shows everything!” Massoudi felt touched and happy because the young boy understood.

Simin Massoudi has always been a lover of modern art. She has been inspired by Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, and more recently Fernand Leger. Her imagination’s eye captures the essence of her subject by means of a few simple lines, conveying the emotion of an embrace between a mother and her child, or the poignant intensity of a moment of loneliness.

In 1989, Massoudi was part of a group exhibition entitled “Contemporary Art of the Islamic World” at the Barbican center in London. The show was organized by the Duke of Kent and Mrs. Wijdan Ali, cousin of King Hossein of Jordan, with a view to fostering relations between both countries, and to familiarizing the public with Islamic art. Massoudi was among the five contestants selected to represent Iran. Today, as a result, her painting is on display in the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts’ permanent collection.

2010 “Tears of Nature,” cover of book “Women in the Middle East and North Africa; change and continuity,” by Elhum Haghighat Sordellini, Palgrave, Macmillan

2004 “Morning Glory,” cover of book “Women Without Men” by Shahrnush Parsipur, the Feminist Press at the City University of New York.

1999 “Gregory,” cover of book “At the Wall of the Almighty” by Farnoosh Moshiri, courtesy of Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan.

Art People Gallery, a premier San Francisco art gallery, is located in the Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St., in the heart of the financial district, near Union Square’s exclusive shopping area, close to the MOMA and the Jewish Museum. Art People is a full service gallery that specializes in contemporary fine art painting and sculpture by Bay Area and international artists. Art People also offers residential and corporate placement services, including art rental programs, consulting and installation.

Art People Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays 10am-6pm, and on Saturdays from 11am-5pm. For more information, contact Ali Meamar at (415) 956-3650 or at info(at)artpeople(dot)net. You can also become a follower of Art People Gallery’s Facebook page.

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