Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Artwork

Blue Swirls, 2019
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Blue Swirls, 2019

Moroccan stones, indigo, ink and gold leaf on canvas

40 x 40 in

$5,500.00

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Chinese Ink and Acrylic on Xuan Paper

57 x 30 in

$4,800.00

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 2 , 2017
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 2 , 2017

Hibiscus, Ink and Gold Leaf on Paper

22 x 30 in

$2,500.00

Hibiscus Tea Series: Lotus , 2017
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Hibiscus Tea Series: Lotus , 2017

Hibiscus, Paper and Gold Leaf on Canvas

40 x 40 in

$4,800.00

My Silky Way, 2017
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

My Silky Way, 2017

Saffron, Hibiscus, Ink and Gold Leaf on Pure Silk

12 x 12 in

$950.00

Pink in the Middle , 2019
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Pink in the Middle , 2019

Acrylic and ink on paper

60 x 32 in

$4,650.00

Rush To Joy II, 2017
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Rush To Joy II, 2017

Saffron, Hibiscus, Gold Leaf and Ink on Paper Mounted on Wood

8 x 8 in

$700.00

Shadow of a Tangled Soul , 2018
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Shadow of a Tangled Soul , 2018

Hibiscus, Gold Leaf, Chinese ink on Paper

30 x 67 in

$4,600.00

Cherish , 2019
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Cherish , 2019

Acrylic, gold leaf and ink on paper

28 x 40 in

$4,200.00

Fall of Being , 2019
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Fall of Being , 2019

Acrylic and ink on paper

31 x 60 in

$4,100.00

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 3, 2017
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 3, 2017

Hibiscus, Ink and Gold Leaf on Paper

18 x 30 in

$2,500.00

Joy of Contentment
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Joy of Contentment

Chinese Ink and Acrylic on Xuan Paper

58 x 24 in

$4,500.00

No Need to Kow How Much, 2018
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

No Need to Kow How Much, 2018

Majorelle Blue, Saffron, Hibiscus, Gold Leaf and Ink on Pure Cotton Canvas

40 x 40 in

$4,900.00

Quantum Saffron Light, 2017
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Quantum Saffron Light, 2017

Saffron, Hibiscus, and Gold Leaf on Canvas

50 x 40 in

$4,600.00

Saffron Series No. 3, 2017
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Saffron Series No. 3, 2017

Saffron, Ink, Paper and Gold Leaf on Canvas

30 x 40 in

$3,000.00

Tapestry of Destiny No. 3, 2017
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Tapestry of Destiny No. 3, 2017

Acrylic, Watercolor, Saffron on Chinese Paper

36 x 24 in

$3,200.00

Eden , 2019
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Eden , 2019

Natural Colors Extracted From Flower and Adhered Dried Flowers on Board

38 x 48 x 1.50 in

$4,400.00

Floating , 2019
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Floating , 2019

Acrylic on Paper

27 x 41 in

$4,200.00

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 4, 2017
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 4, 2017

Hibiscus, Ink and Gold Leaf on Canvas

30 x 40 in

$3,300.00

Life in Turquoise , 2019
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Life in Turquoise , 2019

Acrylic, Ink on Paper

27 x 56 in

$4,550.00

Peaceful Stream (Triptych), 2018
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Peaceful Stream (Triptych), 2018

Majorelle Blue, Saffron, Hibiscus, Gold Leaf and Ink on Pure Cotton Canvas

63 x 90 in

$15,000.00

Round Composition VI, 2019
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Round Composition VI, 2019

Natural Colors Extracted From Flower and Adhered Dried Flowers on Canvas

16 x 16 in

$1,800.00

Saffron Series: Circles of Being , 2017
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Saffron Series: Circles of Being , 2017

Saffron, Gold Leaf, Ink and Paper on Canvas

60 x 40 in

$5,400.00

Trust Your Love , 2018
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Trust Your Love , 2018

Majorelle Blue, Saffron and Gold Leaf on Paper

20 x 41 in

$4,970.00

Encounter With My Refelection, 2018
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Encounter With My Refelection, 2018

Majorelle Blue, Saffron, Hibiscus, Gold Leaf and Ink on Pure Cotton Canvas

40 x 60 in

$4,900.00

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 14, 2017
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Hibiscus Tea Series No. 14, 2017

Hibiscus, Ink, Gold Leaf on Canvas

30 x 48 in

$4,200.00

Hibiscus Tea Series: Expand , 2017
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Hibiscus Tea Series: Expand , 2017

Hibiscus, Ink, Paper, and Gold Leaf on Canvas

40 x 40 in

$4,800.00

Moroccan Blues, 2019
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Moroccan Blues, 2019

natural colors extracted from flowers on canvas

40 x 50 in

$4,700.00

Perfume of Colors, 2018
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Perfume of Colors, 2018

Majorelle Blue, Saffron, Hibiscus, Ink and Gold Leaf on Pure Silk

30 x 40 in

$3,800.00

Round Composition XI, 2019
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Round Composition XI, 2019

Natural Colors Extracted From Flower and Adhered Dried Flowers on Canvas

20 x 20 in

$2,500.00

Seek Nothing, Leave Nothing , 2018
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Seek Nothing, Leave Nothing , 2018

Hibiscus, Ink and Gold Leaf on Paper

30 x 20 in

$3,000.00

Wake Seek the Sun, 2018
Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam

Wake Seek the Sun, 2018

Indigo, Saffron, Root, and Ink on Silk

30 x 50 x 2 in

$4,900.00

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Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam
Iranian-American artist Sayeh 'Saya' Behnam works combine two rich artistic heritages, of eastern painting traditions and western art philosophies. Behnam's use of Farsi, a traditional mode predominantly reserved for religious scripture most often by men, explores the potential of calligraphy as an art form, reinterpreting it through the eyes and hands of a female painter. Born and raised in Tehran, Behnam grew up in a time of political turmoil and transition in Iran. These experiences led her to start using art as a point of meditation and as a tool to cope with those changes and move beyond. Central to her art is the gestural abstraction that she employs; much inspired by Abstract Expressionism and Chinese calligraphy as practiced by the Chinese literati. Behnam Incorporates natural elements of Persian origins, such as gold-leaf, spices, and florals such as borage, saffron, and hibiscus. Drawn to the organic elements she uses to create her vibrant paintings, Behnam activates all the senses, awakening a deep connection to the past and the feeling of being present and in the moment. By merging these three distinct cultures, she attempts to articulate the universality of art and the importance of acceptance and introspection while engaging in action – in Behnam's case, even the act of a painting a line on a canvas. Behnam, who has a degree in Biology (Botany) from Tehran University, understands the unique biological makeup of the natural elements she utilizes, as well as the cultural significance behind them. Behaving differently than synthetic paints, the importance of time considerably weighs into her process of creating the various pigments and the various techniques of application. These organic elements create different shades of color based on how long they submerged in the water. The dripping colors, natural shapes and layered transparency in her work allow each layer to be appreciated uniquely. Stretching across the paper, immersed in the harmony and balance of the curves, Behnam accentuates Farsi script's tendency towards natural forms combined with the application of these organic materials. Consumed by the importance of Time, Behnam's use of organic materials is a continuation of those ideas. There is a sense of unity and commonality between the medium and the viewer. Behnam repeats the words hasti (to be) and hastam (I am). These conjugations of "being" visually connect to the other elements in Behnam's work. Combined with Chinese calligraphy aesthetics, Behnam captures the exaggerated features of Chinese composition and brushwork, with the organic qualities of the Persian language. With over 25 years of experience, Saya Behnam's work explores the multi-faceted approach to exploring eastern and western cultures.
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