untitled, 120 x 120 cm. acrylic on canvas, 2004 - image: arte east
golnaz fathi 'a recent history'
at: xerxes fine arts, london, UK
from: 10 october - 8 november, 2008
this october xerxes fine arts will hold a retrospective of one of the iranian artist golnaz fathi. known for
her trademark exploration of the calligraphic form, fathi’s unique and distinctive style has received wide
acclaim and made her one of the middle east's most sought after artists.
untitled, 146 x 130 cm, acrylic on canvas, 2003 - image: arte east
'born in 1972, fathi trained in calligraphy and graphics at the iranian society of calligraphy and azad art
university, tehran. her frustration at the unoriginal approach to traditional calligraphic practice led her to
experiment with an abstract style based on the warm-up exercises practiced by professional calligraphers
before they start their work. using the same flowing brushstrokes as traditional calligraphy, fathi has
removed literal meaning to evolve an expressive technique of startling immediacy and beauty.'
'articulate and outspoken, fathi’s independence of spirit extends beyond her artistic practice.
much like her work, she is at once the embodiment of what iranian women have always had to offer,
and an effective challenge to some of the widely-held stereotypes about the region.' - XFA
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