David Harouni (Iranian/New Orleans, b. 1962), "Untitled", c. 1998, oil on canvas, signed lower left, 114 in. x 114 in., unframed. Note: The monumental lot offered here by New Orleans artist, David Harouni, is an exceptional example of his figural work. Harouni is well known for his series of haunting faces, which he refers to as representations of the “self.” As Doug MacCash writes, “[t]hough his brushwork seems emotionally explosive… his iconic faces are meant to be still and Zen.” That concept of “Zen” can be applied to the current lot. Despite the energetic brushwork and evocative color palette, the face is expressionless and tranquil, perhaps to make it easier to transpose one’s own thoughts and feelings onto the figure or “self” on the canvas. With its massive size, this work proves particularly poignant and immersive.
Ref.: MacCash, Doug. “David Harouni Sculpture Brings Mysterious Vibe to Metairie.” The Times-Picayune. Feb. 20, 2013.