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Emotions on glass
Reverse-glass painting by Mahin Azima

September 7, 1999
The Iranian

Since 1973 Mahin Azima has been trying to revive and modernize "reverse-glass" (posht-e shisheh) painting in Iran.

Reverse-glass painting is an ancient art form that originated in China and was first seen in Iran during the 15th century. It is unique in the sense that the top layer finish is painted first, while the background and built-up colors come second. She has tried to use this form to give depth and a three-dimensional effect to the final work.

Azima was one of the first women in Iran to graduate from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Tehran University (1954). She later studied Indian painting at the Tagor University in Calcutta before working as an art teacher for over 20 years.

In the past three decades she has held a number of individual and group exhibitions in Iran, France, Belgium and Turkey.

Two of her works are now kept at the Museum of Contemporary Arts (Tehran), one at Mrs Indira Gandhi's Collection (India), one at the Iran's Ministry of Culture, and two at the Tehran Museum of Glass.

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