1969

Persian Alphabet on Grid Pattern, 1969

Bijan Dowlatshahi moved to Minneapolis to study at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in 1968 upon the recommendation of his former teacher Parviz Tanavoli and Abby Weed Grey. Like Siah Armajani, his teacher in Minneapolis, Dowlatshahi explored the familiar theme of writing as a visual language during his years at MCAD. The […]

Persian Number Game, 1969

Exploring writing as a visual language in Persian Number Game, Dowlatshahi uses letterlike symbols to form boldly colored patterns across the painting’s surface. Born in Tehran, the artist trained under Parviz Tanavoli. Through a meeting with Abby Grey in Tehran, Dowlatshahi received a scholarship to the Minnesota College of Art and Design (MCAD), and he […]

Red Balcony, 1969

After completing two years of study at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Dowlatshahi transferred to the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota and earned two bachelor’s degrees, in Architecture and Environmental Design. Red Balcony reflects the artist’s interest in schematic drawings. The brick pattern in the background is unusual; most of […]