nargess etehadieh’s thrilling portraiture

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Nargess Etehadieh is a young London based artist. She was born in Tehran and moved to the UK at the age of 17. She graduated from the University of Brighton with a BA Hons in Fine Art and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Curating, from the Royal College of Art.

Etehadieh has held solo shows at both private and public galleries including Galerie Fadane, Geneva; The Minkoff Collection, NYC; The Saatchi Gallery, London; Boers-Li Gallery at Chelsea College of Arts, London; The Royal College of Art, London; and The National Portrait Gallery, London where she was awarded The BP Portrait Award 2012. Her work has been included in several group exhibitions including “The World On Paper” at the V&A Museum, “The Artist’s Body” at the M+B gallery in Hong Kong and “From Here to Eternity” at The National Portrait Gallery. She recently collaborated with Oxfam on their 2013 campaign poster which was selected as one of the best posters of 2013 by Time Magazine.

Her work focuses on people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences that are often overlooked by mainstream media and society. Currently she

Nargess Etehadieh was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1970. As a child she learned to draw and paint by copying the works of masters like Rembrandt and Holbein.

Description:Nargess Etehadieh has been recognized as one of the most important artists in her generation. Her work is held in museums, private collections and institutions around the world.

Nargess Etehadieh is a contemporary artist whose work has been exhibited in several prominent galleries and museums including The National Gallery of Modern Art, Tehran; The Roohangiz Gallery, Tehran; Sharq Gallery, Tehran; and The New York Metropolitan Museum of Arts. Her works can be found in private and public collections in Iran and abroad.

She has participated in several national and international exhibitions including Kish International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Shiraz; Exhibition of Iranian Contemporary Art at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi; and the Contemporary Arts Festival, Sharjah. Her paintings have been published in a number of periodicals such as Irano-Drama Magazine, Tehran; Iran-e Bastan Magazine, Tehran; Hayat-e No newspaper, Tehran; Vaghaye-e Emrooz Newspaper, Tehran; Donya-e-Eghtesad Newspaper, Tehran; Khanevadeh Magazine, Shiraz; Aftab Newspaper, Shiraz; Shargh Newspaper, Tehran; Persian Newsweek Magazine and Andisheh Pouya magazine.

Born in 1979 in Ahwaz (Iran), Nargess Etehadieh lives and works between Paris (France) and Teheran (Iran).

Nargess Etehadieh was born in Tehran, Iran. Her father, a surgeon, and her mother, a dentist, encouraged her to pursue the arts. Etehadieh studied visual communication at Azad University in Tehran, where she began experimenting with photography. Her first attempt to exhibit her work was stymied by the Iranian government when they seized her submission as part of their censorship policy.

Tired of the oppression of censorship and restrictions on freedom of expression in Iran, Etehadieh decided to move to London where she lives today. Her work has been exhibited in Iran, Germany, Italy and across Europe. She has also taken part in several group exhibitions including the “Iranian Women Artists” exhibitions held in Rome and Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice. Nargess is currently working on a project about women who have been affected by war, which will be exhibited in Italy and Germany at the end of 2013.

Nargess Etehadieh is also a writer and translator as well as an artist. She has previously worked for Kamran Diba’s Farzaneh Gallery and Shahla Salari’s Art Studio Café as an art manager, translator and art critic.

Nargess Ettehadieh is an artist living and working in Tehran, Iran. Her work has been widely exhibited in Europe and the US. In her paintings, she deals with a variety of themes including life, death, sexuality and femininity. Her work shows a strong interest in the human figure and the body as an emotional manifestation of our inner world.

In the painting “Dance”, Ettehadieh draws upon a recent performance by Suhaila Salimpour (a famous female dancer from Iran) to explore the tension between tradition and modernity, feminism and Islamism, East and West. In this performance, Salimpour dances with her face covered by a veil, which provokes critical questions about freedom of movement for women in Islamic societies.

Titled “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency”, Ettehadieh’s painting depicts a couple locked into an embrace while they are both drawn towards the veil that hovers over the woman’s head. The man’s hand is reaching out towards it as if to tear it away but he appears to be frozen in place unable to do so. This painting raises questions about the relationship between men and women in contemporary society.

What makes Etehadieh’s work so exciting is her unique use of portraiture as a form of storytelling. Her subjects are all women, she tells us, “because for the longest time I felt like women’s stories, no matter how big or small, have always been more interesting to me than men’s.”

Told from the perspective of the artist herself—who depicts herself in the artistic process at work—these stories are both deeply personal and universally relatable. These are intimate character studies that also reveal something universal about human experience.

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