" Iran has a serious
cartoonist, whose talent and originality are beyond
" The drama which Ardeshir has in his mind
is also the conflict between individual consciousness
in the modernized world and long-established customs.
We do not find any differences between him and
ourselves. His grotesque caricatures are the very
fruits of his resistance against authority, bureaucratism,
class system and conventionalism, all of which
pervert our humanity and deprive us of freedom."
"…We are misled too often into prejudices
against other countries and other nations on account
of lacking necessary information. I prefer to
believe in the heart of an artist rather than
the one-sided information supplied by the international
" Ardeshir Mohasses displays in his style
and spirit a vigorous and compelling personality…The
gratuitous image of simple, unexpected virtue,
absurd and disconcerting; fantasies of horror
and fascination with death; eroticism and cruelty;
the whole sado-masochist arsenal, have now become
linked in a social satire whose violence is felt
as in a malaise.
It is a world placed in the dock; a world where
injustice reigns; a world of predators and victims,
of masters and serfs, where subjection is symbolized
by intertwined spirals, a world of alienation,
where papers and employees are speared by the
same paper holder, where love is but derision,
and hanging but a masquerade; a world torn apart,
dismembered, where the frontiers between man and
beast have been abolished, and in which man is
soldered to the bars of his prison and the links
of his chains."
" Ardeshir Mohasses comes as quite a surprise.
His targets are different. A recurring theme in
his drawings is that of domination and subjection.
Although his depictions of decapitated creatures,
beast-like men, men-like beasts are weird, they
are not without humor."
-Jean Coyne, Communication
& His Caricatures
Mason, Graphis, on Ardeshir Mohasses
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