Born in Qazvin, Iran, in 1944, Koorosh Shishegaran is considered one of the most expressive and emotive artists of the contemporary Iranian art movement. In a career spanning six decades, he has established himself as an artist of great discipline, social awareness and manual skill, working in a wide array of different media, from graphic design to painting, photography and furniture design.
Drawing inspiration from Iranian visual culture, Shishegaran is best known for his scribble line abstract paintings (Khatkhatis). These dynamic colourful lines, depicting the contemporary human condition, enabled the artist to find a style and language expressive of the modern era.
With contributions from leading experts in the field and featuring over 300 colour plates, Koorosh Shishegaran: The Art of Altruism brings together the life and works of the artist for the first time, showcasing his various artistic phases and outlining his progressive approach to art-making and distribution.
About the Contributors
Hamid Keshmirshekan is Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London, and Senior Research Fellow at the Khalili Research Centre (KRC), Oxford University. He was previously a senior lecturer at the Advanced Research Institute of Art, Iranian Academy of Arts, an associate fellow at the KRC at Oxford University, and Editor-in-Chief of the bilingual (English-Persian) quarterly, Art Tomorrow. His publications include Koorosh Shishegaran: The Art of Altruism (2016), Contemporary Art from the Middle East: Regional Interactions with Global Art Discourses (ed.) (2015), Hunar-i mu’asir-i iran, risheh-ha va nazar-gah-hay-i nuvin (2015), and Contemporary Iranian Art: New Perspectives (2013).
About the Artist
Koorosh Shishegaran (b. 1944) received a BA in Interior Design from the Tehran Faculty of Decorative Arts in 1973. He has since participated widely in solo and group exhibitions around the world, including Art Dubai (2015); Shirin Gallery, Tehran (2015); Unedited History. Iran 1960–2014, at MAXXI, Rome (2015) and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2014); Opera Gallery, London (2012); Beijing Biennial (2003); Barbican Centre, London (2001);
Meridian Center exhibitions in the United States (2001–03).
‘Extensive and wide-ranging… prodigiously informative...Brings new sensitivities to our appreciation of Shishegaran’s work.’
Erik Nakjavani, Professor Emeritus of Humanities, University of Pittsburgh, Iranian Studies