Darvish Fakhr

PALIMPSEST

On the surface, or else buried beneath multiple layers of paint, Fakhr presents brief, sometimes tantalizing apercus of recent Iranian history, each one suggestive of its relationship to the present. We see Iranian peep shows, utopian landscapes and studio portraits; fortune-telling birds, telephone numbers, stencilled graffiti slogans, obituaries and, central to this body of work, offering both a way in and a challenge, a family of mostly anonymous individuals gazing out at us and the world beyond. Women in sunglasses, chador and lipstick, a bearded and brown-robed mullah, a street vendor and a former Iranian Emperor, each rendered with a classical sensitivity which prioritizes mark-making and a direct communication of texture and surface. It is Fakhr’s handling of these influences which sets this collection apart, demonstrating his mercurial ability to combine a breadth of disparate elements into a coherent and mesmerising whole.

Other collections

PALIMPSEST

Fortune Teller

102 x 127 cm
2013, Oil on Linen

Roya

100 cm diameter
2014, Oil on Circular Canvas

Heaven Lies at the Feet of Mothers

122 x 87 cm
2014, Oil on Linen

Clutch

81 x 97 cm
2014, Oil on Linen

Mona

51 x 51 cm
2013, Oil on Board

Freedom

151 x 173 cm
2014, Oil on Linen

Nargess

51 x 51 cm
2013, Oil on Board

Sahar

60 x 60 cm
2014, Oil on Linen

Language Class

50 x 50 cm
2014, Oil on Linen

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