P a r v e e n
June 1, 1998
If I were to count my blessings one day -- haven't had the time recently -- I would put exposure to art among the top five or six. Growing up, art was always a big part of my surroundings. My mother painted regularly and her work always amazed me.
Since moving to the U.S. in 1990, I've discovered, and thoroughly enjoyed, the work of another family artist: Parveen Bakhtiar McNair, my aunt. Every time I go to my cousin's house, I stop and look at each painting for a good amount of time. They are not just sweet, innocent and happy. They are sweet, innocent and happy with a twist, or an edge, if you like. Just like my mother's poem, "Parveen and I in Masjed Solaiman".
Last month I finally got around to photographing some of my favorite paintings in my cousin's backyard (that's why the frames are not straight). See below.
To see more recent works, drop by the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on July 2. Parveen and her daughter, Lailee Bakhtiar van Dillan, will be giving a joint presentation on Bakhtiari life and art. The event is free but you need to make reservations in advance. Call 301-654-3375.
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Copyright Parveen Bakhtiar McNair