How old are you? This was the first question I asked Mehdi when I felt that Mehdi had entered the world of painting with seriousness and enthusiasm. Because in life I have learned that doing everything has its age. From childish play to sports and education and marriage. Sometimes but you can learn. The exception does not negate the rule. You see Mozart, who made songs at the age of five. On the other hand, you will find Van Gogh, who starts at 29 and astonishes the world at 39.
Mehdi Hamidi is one of those artists who does not care about rules and whatever you teach to him experiences other aspects amazingly, From the material to the painting structure. He cares about philosophy and justifies every approach so that his seeker mind is not a worker of art. He needs to be creative and up-to-date. However, he knows the boundaries of philosophizing very well. Since I insist on drawings as a teacher, he does not neglect the drawing and strives repeatedly sketches to perform the correct geometry before starting work. The correct understanding of tonality plays an important role in the performance of his compositions. He paints in essence tonal. He avoids line activity in his works. For this reason, there is an indescribable loneliness and silence in his works.
The horizon line helps the work to seem calm and static and leaves the viewer in a vacuum to make a logical mistake about whether the light is ahead of the tree or vice versa! What attracts me most is the human vacancy in his works. His works seem to have the human desire that he has lost in life and he is still looking for him. So with this diligence and seriousness, we will never ask him: How old are you, Mehdi!
Ahmad VakiliOctober, 2019