“FarmanFarmaian’s multimedia works revolve around the ideas of movement and memory as they apply to the life and consciousness of a self-identified nomad.” The Huffington Post
History and memory inform the work of Persian-born artist Firouz FarmanFarmaian, whose lifetime of living in exile in Paris profoundly influenced both his creative practice and individual character. “It is circumstance that ultimately shapes lives,” says the artist, whose work seeks to actively engage in a dialogue with the past. As such, his compositions possess a vivacious and spontaneous energy, as well as a deeply symbolic quality, which speaks to a multiplicity of currents in politics, art and philosophy.
Rooted in Persian lore, and focused on themes of nature, architectonics and the interplay between realism and abstraction, Farman Farmaian’s diverse body of work is united by common motifs of movement and texture. The raw and visceral emotion of his pieces is tempered by their material properties, which are strongly rooted in a resolute emphasis on craftsmanship. Each work is the result of careful contemplation of the techniques and tools that will achieve a singular aesthetic and emotional intention. These in turn are deftly combined to create a unique visual rhythm across a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, film and music.
Chapel Series – Artist´s Statement
“The Chapel Series plant the last development of my Abstract Organic phase. A progression debuted in a Finnish retreat circa 2015, continued here in the winter of 2017-2018 in Fabien Fryns’s Chapel residency program in the rolling hills of the Parladé domains, in Andalucia. They invoke an intensifying connection to the natural world, I like to coin as post-expressionist impressionism.
Using heavy Sennelier oil pastel, Moroccan pigments, Majorelle blue from Yves Saint Laurent’s Marrakech mansion and 1970’s bed sheets I inherited – dating of our long gone Persian family home – I completed a collection of large Panels followed up by a couple of smaller pieces. The series mirror the ancient sacred spirit of the Chapel, the powerful Terracotta’s of Marques Jaime Parladé’s legendary villa, the light and profound greens of the surrounding province and the uncanny Belle époque feel of the domain.” Firouz FarmanFarmaian
Location of the Exhibition
Fabien Fryns Fine Art @ The Chapel
Dehesa Alcuzcuz, Carretera de Ronda Km.42
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