Parastoo is a contemporary artist living in the heart of Wiltshire. Born in Iran and the granddaughter of a celebrated Iranian artist, she has drawn much inspiration from the childhood memories of her grandfather's studio and his striking paintings have been a major source of inspiration for her.
She is known for her evocative landscapes and elegant still life pieces, Parastoo’s paintings are powerful expressions of feelings and imagination.
Roses are the protagonists in her painterly plays and they are the main derive of her subjectivism. For Parastoo painting roses is the best way to express what she might call her own peculiar deep feelings about life.
The impact of Parastoo’s paintings is determined by the tension between the figure’s physical presence and the spatial flatness of the setting between realism and abstraction, between impression and expression.
The figures are forcefully defined and positioned comely and three dimensionally in a setting free of other details; the aim is to achieve maximum splendour with minimum effort.
Roses in her paintings are portrayed some with backs turned, some in profile, some three quarterly and some in full face, seemingly engaged in some ceremonial rituals demanding the viewer’s attention. The bright light gives colour an almost transparent quality that reveals their sensuality and let the petals dance freely in the air, the backgrounds merge in a distribution of colours and the landscape transformed into abstraction of pattern, their monumentality and majesty derive from simplification of an artistic strategy.
Parastoo’s paintings are portrayals of the ephemeral unknown, whose exuberant moment of it’s short life is shared with her.