The Desensitized Artist
The Desensitized Artist opens on February 27 2018 at Sanat Gallery.
Dr. Mohsen Keiany is a highly experienced artist, art teacher and lecturer in visual arts with a PhD and post-doctoral in architecture from Birmingham City University, which specializes in rural and nomadic symbolic arts, crafts and architecture. He has his M.A. and B.A degrees in Fine Art (painting). Dr. Keiany is very much inclined towards multi-culturalism and has always been interested in researching about different cultures and traditions, in particular art and architecture. Currently he is carrying out a research for BCU under the title of “Hidden Symbolism in Muslim Community in Birmingham”. He has taught Animation, Painting, Drawing, Illustration and Decorative Art in various schools, colleges and universities for more than 17 years. Over the years, he built a reputation as an award winning artist by having his work showcased at more than 70 national and international venues in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Dr. Keiany is the recepient of Individual Art Award (Yorkshire Art Council), Visual Arts Award (Arts Council England), Coley and Tilley First Prize (Royal Birmingham Society of Artists), Individual Art Award (Birmingham Arts Council) and Creative Ambition Award (West Midlands Arts).
“The Desensitized Artist” is a provocative collection. The paintings create a visual narrative which jumps from battlefields of the Iran-Iraq War (where the artist fought as a fourteen-year-old child soldier from 1984 – 88) to recent incidences of violence from across the globe, from the Middle East, USA, India, Pakistan, France, Turkey, Germany and also to where the artist lives in the UK (the attacks in Manchester and Westminster attacks). At the core of these works we see the transformation of human beings into dehumanised killing machines. The works show how the directives of authoritarian regimes, through propaganda, mass media and religious manipulation, effectively convert flesh and blood individuals into metallic weapons of destruction.