Kurdish painting

This is a water colour portrait of a Kurdish man from Iran. I bought this portrait last year (1998) form a second hand shop in Plymouth England. It has no date on it, I presume it must be quite old but I can't guess how old. On the back it has this number 7929/138 — I can't tell what it stands for.

The image was drawn by R.A Hayrapetian in Studio Demon in Tehran Iran. The original size is approximately 7 inches x 13 inches.

Like anything Kurdish, it has no history, but I hope this will be useful to add to the collection. Maybe somebody will identify it.

Mahmoud Amin, 3/30/99 Plymouth, England

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i have a very old painting with a lable by this same person anyone with info please let me know

art, las vegas nevada , adek98226@yahoo.com, May 12, 2010

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I have this picture in a frame and I would like to know more. H. Javdini is the signature, 1953. Tehran daveallatoona@yahoo.com

usa, daveallatoona@yahoo.com, January 18, 2010

I have 6 water color type paintings that say M. Feri Studio Hayraptian with an elevated number 2 after Hayratian. Then it says Tehran 62. My father was stationed in Tehran for 18 months back in 1962 and he picked up these paintings. They almost look like a type of folk art or street art. Various scenes of street life in Tehran. What are they worth?

Hayes, Teacher
USA, mhayes@bettsville.k12.oh.us, September 14, 2009

Who took the photo: R. A. Hayrapetian
Where it was taken: Tehran, Iran
When it was taken: 1948

I have two watercolrs by this artist. One is of a vendor at the bazaar with a scale and fruits and vegetables. He is wearing a long blue robe of some type. The watercolor is signed Demon 1948 Tehran, Iran in the lower left hand corner. The other water color is of two old men sitting on a mud brick wall reading a paper. It is also signed in the same way in the left lower corner. My father was an archeologist with the oriental Institute of University of Chicago. They were digging at Persepolis when he bought these watercolors.

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I would like to know anything you can tell me about the artist and the two watercolrs.

Tim McCown, Special Education teacher
USA, karen_ramsburg@comcast.net, August 24, 2009

Who took the photo: RA Hayrepetial
Who is in the photo: .
Where it was taken: iran
When it was taken: 1950s

v.milosevski@chello.nl, February 09, 2009

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I HAVE 2 GOUACH AND WATER COLOR PAINTINGS SIGNE IN THE LEFT BOTTOM "demon".size of each is 25 cm x 35 cm.first one depecting a standing beautifull iranian lady very well dressed with a nice dress full of mouvement and beautifull colors.she is holding a carafe of wine and a cup.on the floor near her a big jar.

the seconde painting depecting the same standing iranian lady diferent dress holding a carafe of wine and and a cup , but serving an iranian men dressed the iranian style sitting on her knees.

if anybody need to see the photos i can send it by e-mail.

ayad khabbazeh, expert in antiquities
lebanon, ayad104@hotmail.com, February 21, 2008

Who is in the photo: a kurdish rural aristocrate from beginning of 20th centurey
Where it was taken: kurdistan
When it was taken: 1930-1940

a proud yong kurd ,on his birthday

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lucky you mr m amin to have this great painting

abas said jaff, dentist
uk, abas.said@yahoo.co.uk, January 21, 2008

Who took the photo: ?
Who is in the photo: ?
Where it was taken: ?
When it was taken: ?

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If anybody is willing to sell any of their paintings which were painted by Iranian artists in Iran before the 1970s. Please contact me thru email using. Im interested in gathering a collection.

pedary24@hotmail.com
pedary1@hotmail.com, December 28, 2007

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Recently acquired an oil painting by E. Ahmadien from Studio Demon which shows a poor man sitting on the sidewalk with a big smile and praying beads in one hand. He looks like he might be a beggar since his pants are ripped at the knees, his coat has been patched many times, and he is missing most of his teeth.

What is remarkable about the painting is that he looks very happy despite his circumstances. The painting has remarkable detail in some areas and looks like the artist did not get a chance to put the level of detail he was aiming for in other areas. Perhaps he was under a timeline for producing the painting.

If anyone knows anything about this painting or the artist I would appreciate your input. Unlike most other works from Studio Demon, this is an oil painting and not a water color. Does anyone know if the studio also did oil paintings?

Nels Andersen, Consultant
USA, nelsm607@verizon.net, November 07, 2007

Who took the photo: a armanian painter in tehran studio
Who is in the photo: a rich kurdish man
Where it was taken: tehran
When it was taken: dont know

i am from iranian kurdistan ; mukriyan.so i know that the cloth of young man is mykriyani. and he is from mukriyan-iranian kurdistan.

and the artiste is a armanian; because i dont know kurdish or persan painter who names hayrapetian. " ian" in the end of name means that he is armanian because all armanian names termin by "ian"!

A. Hayrapetian is my grandpas cousin, Im lookin for his paintings, I just have the copies. He waz born at 1926, he is from Tabriz (Iran), hed been in Hamadan for 13 years. He went to Tehran when he was 14 years old. His proffesors name was Dev which means Demon, & becoause of this his studio was named (Studio Demon) wich was located at GIV passag at Naderi Ave. in front of Naderi Hotel.

A., student
Tehran Iran, aregstar@yahoo.com, April 03, 2007

I have 4 R.A. Hayrapetian water colors, signed and dated 1955, Tahran and have the rectangular stamp on the back which includes "Naderi Avenue Passage Guiv" as well as a native language marking. My grandparents (from California) lived in Tahran in 1955, my granfather worked for an oil company building oil rigs. We had a dozen of these water colars and have let them go during the years until these remaing 4 which were part of the family decor for many years. I was getting ready to pass these along to some one who has an appreciation of them when I looked up this website. Thanks for all the good info.

Linda Brown, Accountant
California, USA, lbijou@cox.net, March 27, 2007

Who took the photo: un known
Who is in the photo: ermenian Kurdish
Where it was taken: in KurdistaN

I Belive he is a ermanian man. but in same time there is kurdish in it too. there for it dont really matter what he is. hi reperezent history in his face. but i'm perry sure he is not turkish. no 1 can calaim history. B`cauce history for all of us.the pic reperezend mezopotanya.some people write onthe weeb the kurdish are etnhic gurup`s but if look`ed a history.it``is not like that.whate sahame, to our ensester`ers. to all of us......

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hi`s life stayle it can be pasebll

zoroeaster, the world, June 23, 2006

Who took the photo: ???????????
Who is in the photo: A KURD
Where it was taken: KURDISTAN
When it was taken: ????????

I saw different remarks on this pace that have nothing to do with the photo and instead talk about nationalism or pride. My friends God made difference among men to test them! Also the rights of all peoples and their cultures should be respected. In Iran the Kurds are recognized as the founders of Iran and the Iranian nation. Cyrus who was king of Pas was a vassal to his Grandfather, the king of Mede and all Iran. Cyrus was also half Persian and half Mede(Kurd).

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I would like to know the history of this beatiful painting.

I have just acquired 4 watercolors from a garage sale and each is in original frame and has Demon 1943, Tehranm Iran in the corner. They each depict a man of the working class. ONe is selling fruit, one is writing, one is smoking a pipe and one is carrying a large container(made of skins) with a liquid in it.

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Is there anyone interested in buying these paintings?

Kay Brown, U.S.A, brownkderner@aol.com, November 14, 2005

I do not know anything about the photograph, but would like to have more information about R. A. Hayrapetian - Studio Demon - Tehren.

Could anyone help me?

Thank you.

Diane, USA, October 04, 2005

We have three of these paintings- one like the picture in this website. All three are signed Demon 1950 Tehran Iran. I can be contacted at eddy@htaservices.com

USA, eddy@htaservices.com, September 01, 2005

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I have four water colors of men in various states...

signed ...Demon

studio demon

1954, tehzan???

george, usa, gvalashinas@ec.rr.com, June 09, 2005

Who is in the photo: saw numerous people in paintings today
Where it was taken: painting is signed Tahran

Mine is marked R. A. Hayrapetian. Its in very soft colors, with a lot of attention to detail.It also says studio demon,1952.

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Is thee a gallery display or collection of his work?

curious, USA, alldarlin@sbcglobal.net, March 18, 2005

I have 6 R.A. Hayrapetian watercolors 2 of which are dated 1954 Tehran. Some also have Demon Studio Demon on them.

If you have any information please email me at abckarenk@msn.com

Karen, USA, abckarenk@msn.com, January 14, 2005

Who took the photo: ahmet ziya akbulut
Who is in the photo: kurdish man
Where it was taken: north iraq
When it was taken: 7th september 1929

Turkish painter Ahmet Ziya Akbulut who first photographed then painted some of his work, during the ottoman empire rule and then continued throughout the the republic of turkey which is when he took this photo and painted it.
Ahmet Ziya Akbulut who also did some work with Ahamd Khalilifard, who is known to be the greatest kurdish painter.

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what would i like to learn about the photo? well nothing cause the photo explains itself.Very authentic picture. your lucky to have it.

osman, January 12, 2005

Who took the photo: V. David
Who is in the photo: Watercolor / Gouche kurdish
Where it was taken: painted in iran
When it was taken: 20s-50s

I have a few of these watercolors by the hyrahpetyan studio signed by V. David dating from the 20s to the late 50s By the quantities of the solder in the watercolor above I imagine that it was a successful portrait and he sold a number of these (all being originals and in gouache the one above is a gouache and watercolors) the technique is VERY GOOD it is very difficult to do good watercolor portraits...I Suspect that he had a photo of this man and used it over and over to do other versions of this subject. I also suspect that the studio was a tourist stop for american and british employees of the oil industry because a large portion of my collection came from the same man who was retired from shell (unfortunately, i bought these from his estate and there was no further info. We will have to wait until the Government of Iran changes to find out much more....but it is an interesting search for the truth..I am completely fascinated by the history of these excellent pieces of art and their history if anyone reading this note has one to sell please feel free to contact me.

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Any information from the government of Iran about the studio and its artists....

D. Michael Millard-Lowe, Antique Dealer
France and the U.S., ventdest@netzero.com, December 06, 2004

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I WANT EXPLAIN ABOUT THE PAINTER.

AVAK HAYRAPETIAN IS WELL-KNOWN IRAN BORN ARMENIAN PAINTER WHO IS LIVING IN USA & HE IS APROX. 80 YEARS OLD MAN NOW.HE HAS GONE TO US 20 YEARS AGO.RECHING HIS FAMILY AT THERE. BEFOR LEAVING IRAN HE HAD A STUDIO IN TEHRAN IN EX NADERI STREET AT GIV PASSAGE IN FRONT OF NADERI HOTEL. IN HIS STUDIO HE & HIS STUDENTS CREATED MANY PAINTS FOR SELLING THEM TO TOURISTES. BECAUSE OF THE MAGER OF STUDIOS CUSTEMERS WERE EAUROPIAN & AMERICAN TOURISTS, THEY PAINTED TRADITIONAL IRANIAN SUBJECTS WHICH WAS INTERESTING FOR VISITORS. SO I THINK FOR MR HAYRAPETIAN & HIS STUDENTS IT WAS NOT VERY IMPORTANT PERSONALITY OF THEIR SUBJECTS. THE MAIN IMPORTANT GOAL WAS THE COLOR & THE FIGURS OF THE SUBJECTS WHICH MADE THE PAINT INTERESTING FOR VISITORS.

BERNARD, BERNARD-DROR@MSN.COM, September 03, 2004

Studio Demon was a small art studio in Tehran ( Teheran ) that produced watercolors which were then sold in various shops in Iran and also by street vendors.

It had its heyday in the 1950s.

What made Studio Demon unique was their insistance on retaining only the finest artists to represent the studio.

Unlike a mass production studio, each artist was allowed to personalize his work (to a degree) while still creating the images the studio required. Each painting was created by one artist and each artist was allowed to sign the work.
The work the artists produced are thus typically of very high quality and have commanded prices in the five to seven hundred dollar (US) range in recent auctions. A lot of the price does depend, of course on quality and subject matter.
Some of the more well known artists to come out of Studio Demon have been the artist mentioned here R.A Hayrapetian , E. Svarchian , S. Melkonian and R. Zarian.

If you come across Persian art from Studio Demon, don't let the oppurtunity pass you by to obtain one of these rare treasures.

A. Amirian, international art broker
US, July 24, 2004

picture of ghazy mohamad and his party demkrat kurdestan iranre

rebin samani@com.yahoo, January 21, 2004

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I recently received this same water color as a gift i have no knowledge of the image but like it very much. my watercolor is signed and dated 1951

B BRIGGS, USA, January 04, 2004

Who took the photo: who knows?
Who is in the photo: 100% kurdish man
Where it was taken: somewhere in kurdistan
When it was taken: long time

the history of this photo is acutlly about kurds and kurds identty and culture

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i like to learn where in kurdistan this man is from and who is he?

But People does he look like armain or turks to yall? i dont think so the man have a real folklor kurdish custum that man in that picute anit a rmanen or turks.... nooooooo just by looking at the picuter u can tell the man is a real kurd iam sure 100% that man is kurdish and from somwher in kurdistan...... kurda baba kurda hare ba jilakanya dira ka kurda kurdi asla byyyyyy

kchki kurd, dont worry
usa, kwestan51@hotmail.com, December 11, 2003

Dear Sirs
R.A.Hayrapetian is well-known watercolor artist.His workeshop in Iran,was located on famous Naderi Ave. in Tehran. I do have one of his original watercolor painting which is signed in 1935. To be sure of the originality of some of his work. He used to mark on back of his painting. His rectangular stamp.
best Regards
Mansoor Mirenayat
p.s.
My contact phone is:+9821-8024003

By the way the my painting is about30x20cm.

Mansoor Mirenayat, Iran, mansoor_mirenayat@hotmail.com, October 14, 2003

Who took the photo: xxxx
Who is in the photo: Kurdish Young boy
Where it was taken: Im sure east Kurdistan
When it was taken: 1900-1925

Just a picture of a Kurdish young boy

Dţndar Košer, Student
The Netherlands, Dindar@kurd4all.nl, September 20, 2003

Who took the photo: WATERCOLOUR
Who is in the photo: KURDISH BRIDEGROOM
Where it was taken: PROBABLY IT WAS PAINTED IN IRAN
When it was taken: 1920-1930

The artist was obviously an Armenian. My deduction that the picture was painted in Iran is based on the fact that Armenians are well tolerated in Iran while there have been many pogams in Turkey to iradicate whole families and villages of Armenians in Turkey. I have two prized paintings by an Armenian who lived in Bandar Pahlavi (now Bandar Anzali) while I lived there (1975-1979). The style of my paintings and the style of this painting is identical. These are my conclusions but are by no means do I know the true origin of this magnificient work.

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The real story, if it ever comes out.

SHIRIN NAQSHBANDI, retired
Canada, CHERIKEE01@hotmail.com, September 09, 2003

Who took the photo: Painted by an Armenian painter resided in Tahran, his origin/d
Who is in the photo: A rich chief man in Mukrian (Mahabad Region)
Where it was taken: Mahabad, Boka. borders withIraqi Kurdistan
When it was taken: around1930

May be it painted according to impressions recorded by the painter during a trip to Mahabad region or it was sketched by him due to watching/ meetin (rich/Chief) kurds were visiting Tehran in 1930

Burhan Braost, Kurdistan, Erbil, Burhan986@hotmail.com, August 19, 2003

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I have 4 watercolor painting of 4 different Iranian men smoking what apear to be opium pipes. One is on a horse. I think they are probably opium growers, or related to opium business. They were painted by R. A.Hayrapetian, Studio Demon, 1951, Tehran.They are unnamed. Any information about the artist and the paintings would be greatly appreciated.

C. Vincent, retired teacher
USA, CVIN99@AO.com, August 07, 2003

Who took the photo: Mine is not a photo, it is an original watercolor
Who is in the photo: unknown man
Where it was taken: Picture has 'Tehran' written on lower left corner
When it was taken: Picture is dated 1955

Found it at an Estate Sale in Aurora, Illinois

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Who is the artist?

Ann, US, arkw52@yahoo.com, August 06, 2003

Who took the photo: a talented artist i would to think
Who is in the photo: a young man
Where it was taken: how can anyone tell ?
When it was taken: ?

this painting can be of anyone. I dont see how people have come to the answer of this person in picture is kurdish,ok his wearing the kurdish colours but just becouse it was bought of a kurdish man doesnt mean its kurdish. the person does seem to look like he was upper class and ithink he must of been some kind of leader or some sort. I think we should the picture checked out and even if we did i dont think there would be much answers. If you asking why us kurds dont have much of a past even if we do none of us know.

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i would like to find out if the picture is even kurdish. people are saying names how can you tell have you seen another picture of this person ? If not i dont see how you can just come out with names.

Guney Yadirgi, student
England, badmanone212@aol.com, March 25, 2003

Who took the photo: I wish I knew.
Who is in the photo: I believe that it is a young man, well respected, upper class.
Where it was taken: Possibly Kurdistain
When it was taken: Probably in the 1920's

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I would be very happy if Mahmoud would give me a quote on the painting as i am willing to buy it. I have been searching for a painting that represents an aspect of Kurdish culture, dress code or life style. This is a very beautiful painting of how Kurdish men dressed. Please E-mail me back as soon as possible whether you are willing to sell the painting or not!

Kani Areef, University Law studant
London, England, January 06, 2003

Who took the photo: it's a painting.
Who is in the photo: a young man

sure he looks rich...I want to say that there are 71 ethnic groups in Anatolia,and it's not just Turks and Kurds...I am turkish with arabian and yugoslavian origins myself,and I'm proud to be turkish.I have kurdish origined friends they're proud of who they are and they can't understand what this historical fight is all about. 50,000 innocent citizens of Turkish Republic have been killed by terrorism;what is told to the western world as a search for history and land has been a horrible war for people here.This is not the way things have to be done if it's a search for freedom...We live in the 21st century;people talk now. Western World has to see both sides of the story,I bet nobody knows that almost half of the Turkish government has Kurdish politicians.Literate and intellectual Kurdish are happy with their identity,all the Republic has to do is invest more in the eastern region,where many many ethnic groups live also,not only Kurds or Turks.Turkish economy has been manipulated by some superpowers such as USA,if we can stop this, nobody in Turkey has to be poor or unhappy with his identity,we're all proud of who we are,with Kurds,Turks and all others and we don't need to fight in our own country,Anatolia is the cradle of civilisations,we should all be proud of our culture,this is what Ataturk would want;as he also says "Peace in the country,Peace on Earth." --Sorry this has been more than the story of the picture but I wanted to make it a story of brotherhood.

IndigoTurk, Republic of Turkey
July 07, 2002

If anyone has any additional information on this artist. Please e-mail me @ robangela9@aol.com. I came across some of his original watercolors and I cannot access any info beside this hit on this website. Any pertinent info appreciated. Thank you!

robangela9@aol.com, May 13, 2002

Who is in the photo: Kutker?Dayka Tirkan
Where it was taken: In Qamishlo
When it was taken: about 1923

Kutker?Dayka Tirkan, was croned as a Agha for the village named: Quna Res

Kir Mezin, Switzerland, Kirmezin@yahoo.com, February 06, 2001

Where it was taken: possibly Mahabat (The first Kurdish capital city)
When it was taken: early 1900's

Simkoye Shikak was one of the first leaders of Kurdistan in the late 1800's. Simkoye Shikak started the first revolution for The freedom Of Kurds.

Bikas, Canada, bikas2@hotmail.com, October 26, 2000

Who took the photo: Hayrapetyan
Who is in the photo: looks like a Caucasian man

The name Hayrapetyan is a common Armenian name, so the photographer is probably Armenian.

This is similar to many Caucasian portraits I have seen.

Deborah, UK, October 14, 2000

Where it was taken: somewhere in Kurdistan
When it was taken: 1930's

His ancestor was an tribe leader, close to border of Iran. His father had died of illness and he was the only son.

Yousuf Aftab, Iran, Noaman_s_s@yahoo.com, September 22, 2000

Who took the photo: Alakka
Who is in the photo: Zarwali
Where it was taken: Probably in Balashawa

:I think he is a kurd by his Jamadani. And a sezda by his Damochaw.

kurdow, australia, kurdow@usa.net, August 30, 2000

Who took the photo: Kholai Bah
Who is in the photo: Jalal Amin Beg
Where it was taken: Sharbazher
When it was taken: early 1930's

The painter is obviously Armenian, from the name Hayrapetian, which means son of the priest.

NY, Azreyel@worldnet.att.net, April 28, 2000

Who is in the photo: an Hawrami man
Where it was taken: SOMEWHERE IN HAWRAN NEAR MARIMAN

I THINK IT IS HAWRAMI BECAUSE HE IS WEARING A MISHKI, IT IS LIKELY TO BE TAKEN IN A WEDDING.

HE IS EITHER A TRIBAL LEADER OR IT IS TAKEN IN A WEDDING. I HAVE TO SAY THAT IT IS A VERY BEUTIFULL PAINT. THANKS TO XULA AMIN BEG WHO BOUGHT THIS MASTER PEICE. ALSO MY REGARDS TO YOU MAHMOOD.

Sherko DYLAN, UK. LONDON, sherkodylan@HOTMAIL.COM, March 12, 2000

Who is in the photo: Certainly a Kurdish man.
When it was taken: The number 7929 maybe refers to the date 07 September 1929, or

With his caption and the way he's dressed, he seems to be rich and powerful. He might have been the leader of a tribe.

Istanbul/TURKEY, January 31, 2000