Painting is one of the most unprofitable art forms in the world, unless the artist becomes a shooting star like Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami or Jasper Johns.
For over ten years, art galleries in Paris refused to exhibit Ghass Rouzkhosh’s paintings. They claimed his art wasn’t commercial. “The beginning of my career was very hard,” recalls Ghass. “I used to decorate Christmas windows to get the money to buy the paint(*). I needed a lot of paint for my art. I tried to find ways to express myself with a painting. But sometimes I couldn’t put my ideas into practice, because there was a small tube of paint missing. A tube of paint I couldn’t afford at that time.”
For the Iranian artist, a painting is anything but an object of decoration: “I have never created a painting on demand for a buyer to decorate his flat,” he says. “A painting is like a human being. The character, the strength and the personality of a painting are the main criteria.”
7 Stories In The Life Of Ghass Rouzkhosh is a story in seven video interviews. The first one is entitled Painting Gave A Sense To My Life, the second one I Financed My Art By Decorating Christmas Windows.
(*) The statement refers to the beginning of his career until the mid 90’s.
VIDEO: “I FINANCED MY ART BY DECORATING CHRISTMAS WINDOWS”
(FRENCH WITH GERMAN SUBTITLES)
Video, Interview & Translation: Yolanda Di Mambro
Photo: Yolanda Di Mambro
Photo of the painting “Supernova” (on the cover): Courtesy of Ghass Rouzkhosh