b. 1971, Iran

Farhad Ahrarnia Biography

Farhad Ahrarnia is an Iranian-British artist, based in Shiraz and Sheffield. He adopts and draws knowledge from an extensive variety of craft making techniques relevant to his localities. Through a rigorous methodology of citing art historical references, particularly those of Saqqakhana (a movement from the 1960's where the then contemporary artists tapped into Iranian Popular Culture, traditional craft amd Persian artefacts), Russian Constructivism and Surrealism, he continues to dissect and re-articulate the spirit and experience of modernity and modernism in contexts other than exclusively Western. Thus entangling, twisting, complicating and interrupting the established art historical categories, narratives and dichotomies.

Farhad Ahrarnia Featured Artworks

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Desert Flower/Desert Snow, After Matisse series by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork
Farhad Ahrarnia Desert Flower/Desert Snow, After Matisse series, 2022 Hand embroidery on camouflage fabric
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
Nasim, no.1 by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork print
Farhad Ahrarnia Nasim, no.1, 2018–2020 Digital print heat-transferred onto cotton aida, hand embroidery, cotton and silk thread and needles
21 x 41.5 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
The Dig by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork sculpture
Farhad Ahrarnia The Dig, 2018 Silver plated copper
41.5 x 22.5 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
Man and the Sea by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork mixed media
Farhad Ahrarnia Man and the Sea, 2015 Khatam (Persian micro-mosaic)
42.5 x 42.5 x 3 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
Memory of Sun by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Farhad Ahrarnia Memory of Sun, 2018 Khatam (Persian micro-mosaic of brass, bone and wood)
51 x 41.3 x 3 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
La Femme Du Bazar, no. 7 by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork sculpture
Farhad Ahrarnia La Femme Du Bazar, no. 7, 2015 Hand embroidery and sequins on heat-transferred montage onto cotton
93.2 x 63.2 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
La Femme Du Bazar, no. 12 by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork sculpture, photography, print, mixed media
Farhad Ahrarnia La Femme Du Bazar, no. 12, 2015 Hand embroidery and sequins on heat-transferred montage onto cotton
93.2 x 63.2 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery
Boko Haram no. 5 by Farhad Ahrarnia contemporary artwork sculpture, print
Farhad Ahrarnia Boko Haram no. 5, 2016 Digital print heat-transferred onto cotton aida, hand embroidery, cotton and silk thread and needles
35 x 25.5 cm
Lawrie Shabibi Contact Gallery

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