Rassouli's Goddesses

RassouliRASSOULI is known in the art community as an artist who reflects mysticism and near-eastern spirituality in his paintings and murals through the use of European painting technology. What appears on the canvases of  Rassouli's Goddesses is a timeless perspective that illuminates the divine creative light through the form of feminine power and beauty.

Known as an artist, an author, a visionary, a speaker, and as a gifted teacher and guide in raising consciousness and developing creativity, Rassouli has created a worldwide following with his unique style and philosophy. What makes his creations so unique is the way he translates spiritual experience from his subconscious onto canvas through meditation at sunrise. His vibrant hues, and joyful color blends coupled with swirling circular brushwork create a unique style of painting that he calls Fusionart, a style that Rassouli has created and registered and is presently teaching to many artists globally.

Born in Isfahan, Rassouli was recognized as the Best Student Artist in Iran when he was fifteen and was awarded a government grant to study painting in Europe. He migrated to the United States in 1963, where he studied painting and architecture at the University of New Mexico, and was honored with the Leadership Award from the Institute of International Education.              
A conceptual vision of expanding light combined with his own creative visualization of feminine beauty has evolved in Rassouli since early childhood, and is expressed in his inspirational paintings, reliefs, book illuminations and murals. He was raised in a home decorated with murals and intricate floral designs. Inspired and encouraged by his Sufi mystic uncle, Rassouli developed an early appreciation for painting and poetry, and he spent endless hours taking lessons from classical and impressionist artists and studying mysticism. He discovered new ways to transform his subconscious images into forms that he could express and share.

Statements by Rassouli about his goddesses
  • I believe it was the male dominance that must have inspired the scientists to call the beginnings of our universe Big Bang, for in actuality, the creation is more of a 'Great Birth.'
  • There are 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 the past. 
  • 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  love.
  • 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.

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