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Sandpainting In modern days by Majid Mohammadkhah

Sandpainting In modern days by Majid Mohammadkhah.

Sandpainting is the art of pouring coloured sands, and powdered pigments from minerals or crystals, or pigments from other natural or synthetic sources onto a surface to make a fixed, or unfixed sand painting. Unfixed sand paintings have a long established cultural history in numerous social groupings around the globe, and are often temporary, ritual paintings prepared for religious or healing ceremonies. It is also referred to as drypainting.


Drypainting is practised by Native Americans in the Southwestern United States, by Tibetan and Buddhist monks, as well as Indigenous Australians, and also by Latin Americans on certain Christian holy days.


In modern days, sandpainting is most often practised during Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico and the United States. Streets are decorated with sand paintings that are later swept away, symbolising the fleeting nature of life. Of note are the sandpaintings done during the Seattle Dia De Muertos Festival, but the most exciting development has been the Performance Art of Sand Animation which has created a new wave of younger artists and also revived interest in all types of sand painting.

Majid use naturally occurring oxidised and mineral-charged coloured sands, adding powdered charcoal to widen the palette and in some instances idiosyncratic materials such as iron filings or discarded stonemasons’ dust from ecclesiastical sites. Other artists use industrial tinted quartz sands with a capacity to resist intemperie action and a new generation of strong adhesives. The work is protected with a coat of spray varnish. No protective glass frame is needed with the sands and the adhesives since the paintings have proved to resist the effect of direct sunlight without any yellowing of the varnish.

“What I have remembered since childhood, a passion for design, and an elusive lesson
And it was an exam. One hour of painting class equaled one day of vacation.
Time passed with its ups and downs. After high school, with interest and enthusiasm
I studied art at Tehran University of Arts and Crafts. Studying at university and using
Existence of the first professors of visual arts, such as Professor Gholamhossein Amirkhani, Professor Mahmoud Dehnavi and
Professor Fayyaz, in the arts of calligraphy, engraving and volume, was one of the honors of this period for me. after finish
Studying at the University with a passion for teaching at Tehran and Ahvaz Art Universities
I also taught and co-executed a project to design and build urban elements and sculptures
I would.
Artistic and philosophical studies and a passion for change and rethinking have made many changes to my work, trying to
With the most common tools and materials, I came up with the most unusual ideas.
The sense of sand material has been so magnificent in my mind since childhood that after so many years
I tried to represent the same feeling on the surface of the canvas. The result is philosophical and meditative satisfaction
Mysteries with silent music on the tableau.”


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