(Persia Digest) – Bahram Eliasi is an acclaimed Iranian engraver who has made many miniature images on metal creating precious works.

Speaking to Persia Digest (PD) about the beginnings of his career as an engraving artist, he said: “I have been working as an engraver for 45 years. Before that I worked as a designer and painter. I make miniatures on copper and that is why my work is different from other engravers.”

Speaking about his exhibitions in other countries, he said: “I had two exhibitions in the UK, one in Switzerland and several others in Dubai and other Persian Gulf states. I have received several letters of acknowledgement and a number of museums in Iran have bought my works, including “Daravish” (Dervishes) which is on display in Sa’dabad Palace and another one which is in the museum of the Islamic Conference.”

“One of my other works which is 8-meter high is installed on a wall in the city of Mashhad depicting the life of the eighth Imam of Shiite Muslims, Imam Reza (AS). Two other large works are on display in the Ganjineh (Treasure) and Moaser (Contemporary Art) museums in the city of Isfahan. Two more works called Chogan (Polo) are also in a museum in Utah in the States.”

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Referring to his etching titled Mashahir (Celebrities) which is one of his famous works, Eliasi said: “I’ve made several etchings of celebrities but one of them was very much welcomed by the media. It was an attractive work called Charkhey-e Zendegi (Circle of Life). It is inspired by a number of poems from several leading Iranian poets. Each poem is illustrated as part of the engraved image.”

As for the economic situation of engravers and the future of this original Iranian art, he said: “Unfortunately, the economic situation of engravers is not as good as imagined by others. The artists and their works are not given appropriate status and are marginalized. People are eagerly looking for money, gold and food and do not care about artworks. The government, in turn, gives no support and even makes budget cuts for museums. There is no income to the extent that some artists are living in inappropriate economic conditions. If the situation is not changed, the art of engraving will die and the number of artists working in this field will be reduced even further, because many of them are working in industrial fields with no artistic value just to earn a living.”

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