It is, however, first and foremost an art gallery, and its latest exhibition combines tradition with contemporary expression, and a female take on a very ancient script. In her first solo exhibition in Montreal, painter Mina Hedayat chose the Deadly Sins as her subject matter, presenting seven large canvases illustrating, in her unique way, pride, avarice, lust, envy, gluttony, anger and sloth.

Inspired by animals and humans, the artist placed the female at the centre of her original compositions, one however, in a hybrid form. “These paintings constitute a kind of a self-portrait from the inside out that takes the form of an eruptive tale, which I initiate, and one the viewer is invited to unravel according to his/her own imagination,” Hedayat says of the series of acrylic on canvas works.

This is a bold statement, both visually and emotionally, for the young Iranian artist, who has only lived in Quebec since last year. Her art is difficult to place, its cultural influences myriad, and mysterious. She has lived in Malaysia, where she completed her Ph.D. in art education, and has participated in numerous group shows in Iran, Korea, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Her style is unusual and fluctuating, the colours and shapes in constant dialogue. So, for a taste of something different, drop by MEKIC and check out its welcoming atmosphere, and the many original artists it represents. In the summer, there’s a little shaded terrace in the back where one can sip sweet mint tea in small ornate glasses.

Mina Hedayat
Till May 13, 2015

 
MEKIC Art Gallery
4438 Rue de la Roche
Montreal, PQ
514.373.5777
www.mekic.ca(lien externe)

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Pride, 2013
Acrylic

 
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Avarice, 2013
Acrylic

 
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Lust, 2012
Acrylic

 
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Envy, 2013
Acrylic

 
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Gluttony, 2012
Acrylic

 
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Anger, 2013
Acrylic

 
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Sloth, 2013
Acrylic