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Mahmoud Meraji's work is subtle and classy, intellectual and yet fresh. Like the story-line of dreams where the connections are hard to make but the sense is embedded in the memorable impact of the visual, so his figures and their situations veer away from logic to enter a more instinctual realm. His work is an example of the term abstract when used as an  adjective as in the title of the exhibition (ab strak’ tid). He uses a vocabulary of images that seem to   possess romantic underpinnings, where the visual illustrates taste. Never too much, sparingly doled out to accentuate the detailed rendering, Meraji uses repetition in a symphonic sense, subverting rhythms in favour of a melody that forms agreeable successions and arrangements of shapes and movements. It is a classical melody with attention to form lending a general effect of balance while the emotions are distant and collected. Mahmoud Meraji is graceful in his depiction. He is discreet, with a gentleman's manners. And because of these layers of meanings, not quite revealed, but refined and cultured, the work touches the finer aspects of our own connoisseurship with a firm presence of mind.
 
 
Untitled - 2008, acrylic on canvas, 52x42 inches

 

Untitled - 2008, acrylic on canvas, 52x42 inches