'Whilst looking for artists to participate in the University of Winchesters annual loan exhibition for 2006, I came across Katayoun's work on the Axis database and was immediately stuck by its beauty and originality. Happily, other members of the Link Gallery management group shared my enthusiasm and we arranged a meeting with Katayoun which resulted in us offering her the whole of the top floor of the Gallery!
'Repetitious Landscapes' was a particular favourite and, when installed, looked so comfortable in its position it could have been specially commissioned. The then Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Paul Light, expressed a wish to purchase it and this was endorsed by the new Vice Chancellor, Professor Joy Carter, when she joined the University in April 2006. Although we were sorry to say goodbye to Katayoun's 'The Eden Cycle: Fruits of Desire I', 'Drawing Veiled Light II' and 'Enfolding Dusk I' when the exhibition closed earlier this year, we are delighted to have retained 'Repetitious Landscapes' for our permanent collection in the Gallery where it continues to attract interest and appreciation.' (Trish Kernan, 2007)
In December 2005 I was approached by Trish Kernan, via the Axis website, to submit work for an open submission art loan exhibition at the University of Winchesters Link Gallery, in Winchester. This group show was to tie in with The Year of Sculpture in Winchester city centre and be open to the public throughout 2006. The work was to be accompanied by a full colour catalogue. I sent my submissions as digital files and to my great delight, Trish Kernan contacted me to convey the committee's enthusiasm for my work. I was selected to exhibit alongside ten other Wessex based artist / photographers.
Initial communications were by email and phone. On their invitation I met with some of the selection panel at the University's Link Gallery and was subsequently offered the first floor, of a two floor gallery, for four large art works. The private view was held several months after the work was installed to give enough time to produce the catalogue. The preview took place in July 2006 and was well attended.
Prior to the preview, the University expressed a desire to purchase 'Repetitious Landscapes' for their permanent collection. A work comprising of 8 panels, 4 photographic and 4 glass. A price for the work was negotiated and when the exhibition ends in December 2006, the purchased art work will remain in situ.
I had a great deal of positive feedback about the work on show from both visitors and from various staff at the University. Certainly the opening night was good for networking, and I was pleased to be able to put some faces to names as I am relatively new to the county. I was also delighted that the University valued my work enough to want to purchase a piece for their permanent collection.
More information on Katayoun Pasban Dowlatshahi
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Drawing Veiled light II, 2004
Enfolding Dusk I, 2004
Repetitious Landscapes, 1999
The Eden Cycle: Fruits of Desire I, 1997