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Renowned Iranian Sculptor and Painter Pooya Aryanpour in his First UK Solo Exhibition

  • Pooya Aryanpour - Cold Dark Matter 2016
  • Left- Pooya Aryanpour - Beautiful Virgin 2015; Right- Pooya Aryanpour - Untitled 2015
  • Pooya Aryanpour - Temptation 2 2015 - Front
May 30, 2016
Nadia Herzog is a pen name of Nadja Bozovic, a freelance journalist whose interest goes from the questioning influence of different art movements, through the connection of arts and urban space, to the art activism for social change. She enjoys interviewing artists and reading all about art history, and she is truly passionate about visual arts, especially about photography, design, graphics, multimedia, and street art in all of its forms.

There is a secret idea hidden within the artworks of the popular Iranian artist Pooya Aryanpour, as he claims himself, and the audience will get the chance to reveal its meaning at the upcoming exhibition at Sophia Contemporary Gallery in London. As the first Aryanpour’s solo show in the UK, this will be a unique opportunity for viewers to discover the enigmatic delicacy of richly textured surfaces with abstract shapes and intense colors. The exhibition will include a wide range of his well-known mirror sculptures accompanied with new paintings from the Under the Shell series.

Left- Pooya Aryanpour - Temptation 2015 - Part 1; Right- Pooya Aryanpour - Temptation 2015 - Part 2
Left: Pooya Aryanpour – Temptation, 2015 – Part 1 / Right: Pooya Aryanpour – Temptation, 2015 – Part 2

Philosophical Approach and Artistic Practice

Jacques Derrida’s theory of deconstruction had a great influence on Ayanpour’s work. The connection between the philosophical approach and the artistic practice may not be too obvious, but it was due to the artist’s father that this concept was introduced to Iranian academic circles in the first place. Growing up in a truly academic family devoted to bringing modern social sciences into the Iranian society of the 1960s, Pooya Aryanpour had found his inspiration in the work of some of the most profound thinkers of the 20th century. His family heritage brought contemporary expression to the artist’s work, mixing the local visual culture with the Western abstract art.

Pooya Aryanpour - Drifted 2016
Pooya Aryanpour – Drifted, 2016

Everlasting Feeling of Motion

Aryanpour’s interests went further than cultural symbolism. He had started experimenting with a poetic notion in colors and various forms, and he slowly incorporated symbols of flowers, typography, and architecture in his work as well. Besides that, his artworks are also recognized as a showcase of a strong feminine principle, which is usually interpreted as the secret idea that the artist likes to mention. While trying to shape his painting and sculpture skills furthermore, Pooya Ayanpour came on to something that truly intrigued him, and basically set the flow of his widely renown art series. It was the tradition of mirror works, in Iran better known as ayeneh-kari, which originates from the ornamentation of the ceilings of Iranian mosques with mirror mosaics. This original technique enabled the artist to create mirror-like surfaces that evolve everlasting feeling of the motion, always changing itself, depending on the viewer’s perspective. It is especially visible in the series Beautiful Virgin and Temptation from 2015, where the artist used mirrored sculptures to explore the sense of flexibility and resilience.

Pooya Aryanpour - Temptation 2015
Pooya Aryanpour – Temptation, 2015

Pooya Aryanpour Exhibition in London

Pooya Aryanpour is a painter, sculptor, and an art teacher, living in Tehran, Iran, whose artworks have been exhibited all over the world. The upcoming show at London’s Sophia Contemporary Gallery is going to be his first solo show in the UK. Within the exhibition named Under the Shell, Aryanpour’s art pieces will be on view from June 10 until July 21, 2016. The private view is scheduled for the June 9 from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Featured image: Pooya Aryanpour – Cold Dark Matter, 2016 Slider images: Left: Pooya Aryanpour – Beautiful Virgin, 2015 / Right: Pooya Aryanpour – Untitled, 2015; Pooya Aryanpour – Temptation, 2015 – Front All images are courtesy of the artist and Sophia Contemporary Gallery