THE BEAUTY OF INNER TRUTH OPENS JULY 13 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 5, 2013
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THE BEAUTY OF INNER TRUTH
OPENS JULY 13 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 2013
AT JNA GALLERY, BERGAMOT STATION ARTS CENTER, SANTA MONICA, CA

A UNIQUE EXHIBITION OF MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS BY FARIBA AMERI EXPLORING
THE EMOTIONAL COMPLEXITY OF WOMEN THROUGH THE AGES

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SANTA MONICA, CA – JNA Gallery presents THE BEAUTY OF INNER TRUTH, an
exhibition of mixed media works by the Iranian-born artist Fariba
Ameri.  Each of Ameri’s paintings tell the story of “woman”, and the
common challenges faced by individuals of differing cultural origins
through the ages.  THE BEAUTY OF INNER TRUTH is on view July 13
through September 1, 2013, at the JNA Gallery, Bergamot Station Art
Center, Santa Monica, CA.  The Opening Reception is Saturday, July 13
from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Ameri’s’ work is influenced by her personal experiences as a woman
with a diverse, multi-cultural heritage.  Her inclusive worldview was
shaped by a mélange of Eastern and Western cultures which are
reflected in her artistic style and sensibilities. THE BEAUTY OF INNER
TRUTH speaks to this complexity that Ameri likens to a “thousand-piece
puzzle.” Many of her subjects, like herself, are immigrants. “We could
all be considered immigrants of the world, women and men alike, in
search of our own destiny and purpose,” she says. “We cannot survive
time but our stories will.  This is how we become immortal.”

  Using mixed media, strong contrasting colors, and animated brush
strokes, her work has an intense physicality.  Drawing upon Persian
and other mythological themes, symbolic objects (both painted on the
canvas and/or embedded) such as fans, head-dresses, jewels and
elaborate adornments, Ameri highlights the contrast between what is
seen and what is hidden – the creative and expressive side that
struggles for personal meaning and validation. The mysterious and
evocative faces that peer back from Ameri’s canvases challenge the
traditional notion of a woman’s identity solely represented through
her physical beauty.

“As a visual story-teller, I am shaped by my past as much as by my
present; in between are the values of various cultures,” says Ameri.
“What has evolved from my Western and Eastern experiences is a
commitment to the freedom of self-expression and a respect for
individualism.  I feel as Virginia Woolf did who wrote ‘As a woman I
have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.’ I believe
that I am a part of a larger world that surpasses nationality and
religion.”
Born in 1959 in Tehran into a multicultural family of Russian, German
and Iranian origins, Ameri began to paint at age 14 inspired by a book
about Van Gogh.  Having finished her high school education in Leysin
American School in Switzerland, she moved to the United States in
1977, where she got her BA at the University of Southern California.
With the outbreak of the Iranian revolution in 1979, she made
California her permanent home.

The JNA Gallery (www.jnagallery.com) is located in the Bergamot
Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, #D4, Santa Monica, CA
90404, Phone: 310.315.9502. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00
a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For further information, contact Barbara Kraft Public Relations at
818.760.8498; Barbara@bkraftpr.com.

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