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Collating a range of inspirations from Persian poetry, Greek mythology, Russian novels, and German opera, Bahman paints metaphors and figures to build the vocabulary and idiom of his art. Brightly colored and richly textured canvases depict often familiar and decidedly representational figures, set against and surrounded by a multi-layered background of symbols and references. It is in the transformation and juxtaposition of the subject with other allegorical figures and images that the story is communicated, a new idiom created, and a new set of allegories introduced – the Neo-Allegorical.
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