Statements by Rassouli about his goddesses
- I believe it was the dominance of the male that must have inspired the
scientists to call the beginnings of our universe, ‘the big bang,’ for in
actuality, the creation is more of a great birth.
usually two women portrayed in my paintings; the woman that is seen
and the one who is unseen. My masculine side leans toward painting the outer
attraction, while my feminine side reflects more of the mystery, which is
the inner attraction.
I have no interest in painting only the outer beauty of women like
many images that have been painted over time. I want to open the spiritual
vision of my viewers to go beyond the surface beauty into the inspiration
that moved me to create the paintings.
What is reflected in my art is something I see and sense
in women. The images I paint are not just my creations, but they come
to life from a light that shines through me, illuminating the mystery of
the soul coming into form through my hands.
When I am painting,
the canvas becomes my guide. It reveals to me where it wants to be touched
and caressed, and I surrender to it using my brush, my fingers, and my hands
to create the colors, the feelings, and the sensual effects of the images.
I am not creating the women I paint, but it is as if I am following the
desire to give pleasure and reflect the beauty I see in women.
The women in my paintings express the breath and essence of womanhood
as I perceive and experience it in women I know. Many tell me that they
recognize something of themselves in my female figures. I have come to feel
that what is reflected on my canvas is the feminine nature of the soul that
exists in both men and women.
For me, as an artist and as a man, the women in my paintings are given
their freedom through the love with which I paint them. I feel a longing
to free them from the archaic and oppressive way women have been seen in
As a man from the Middle East, I grew up in a culture that was most
oppressive to women. Since many of them were veiled, I began to imagine
and connect with their inner beauty. This ultimately became a guide in both
my life and my art. It was the mystery of what was unseen that attracted
me, and I began to express something deeper than the outer appearance.
I was venturing into an unknown, and it guided me on an inward journey
that stirred my heart and awakened my soul. I began to paint the revelations
of the heart. I was reaching to paint the mysterious glow of a radiant energy
that became a metaphor for love, for truth, for light, and for life itself.
It is a vision that connects me with the longings of those who view and
respond to my art.
My art invites the viewers of my paintings to come on a journey with
me, seeing through my eyes, feeling through my heart, and experiencing the
light and revelations of my soul. When that happens, it can awaken the
viewers to discover the gift of seeing through the eyes of their own hearts
and souls in new ways. Sharing the journey allows the artist and the viewer
to recognize their oneness through the energy of an artistic vision of
Both feminine and masculine powers are creative, but it is the feminine
power that experiences the full circle of creating, nurturing, and transforming
as they participate in the creative process. That power, which we call the
muse and the Sufis call Khedr, knows and recognizes the guiding light and
surrenders to it. As people of the 21st century, we need to allow the feminine
voice and heart to guide us in making our
transformation into becoming the residents of a UNITED WORLD.