Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries Count Down 17 Days to Go – Nasser Ghaderi

The deadline for the Aesthetica Art Prize is approaching, and to mark it we’re continuing our countdown to 31 August with a run down of artists longlisted for last year’s Prize. Today we’re focusing on 2013 Art Prize entrant Nasser Ghaderi, longlisted in the Painting & Drawing category with his painting London. In his practice, Ghaderi abstains from using conventional tools. Instead he throws, splashes, drizzles and swooshes paint onto the canvas in a conscious attempt to escape point of view, focusing only on process and experimentation to eliminate the possibility of planning a final product.

London is a dynamic and fluid work of art that invites those who view it to create their own meanings, actively and consequently making the painting the onlooker’s own construction. Ghaderi believes the key to creating reflective pieces is to paint without being conscious of what is emerging. He lets each painting impose itself on him instead of letting his thoughts impose on the painting and, thus, his paintings act as mirrors. This process turns the viewer into the creator and each work finds a new identity when it is viewed by a different person.

Ghaderi was associate producer of the critically acclaimed film Vegas: Based on a True Story, which was an official selection at the Venice Film Festival. He is also an action painter. The following is a quote about Ghaderi’s paintings by the Chilliwack museum curator: “Colour, form, shape and technical expertise come together to create a stunning body of work.” Ghaderi has eight solo exhibitions in 2013. His work has been purchased locally and internationally.

To enter your work into this year’s Art Prize before 31 August, visit

1. Nasser Ghaderi, London. Aesthetica