<strong>Golnaz Fathi</strong>, 
<em>Untitled (25)</em> (detail), 2013.
<br>Acrylic, pen and varnish on canvas, 146 x 128 x 5 cm.<strong>Golnaz Fathi</strong>, <em>Untitled (26)</em>, 2013. <br>Acrylic, pen and varnish on canvas, 146 x 128 x 5 cm.<em>Golnaz Fathi: Liminal-Subliminal</em>, 2010.

GOLNAZ FATHI

Golnaz Fathi.
Photo:© Roshanak.
Golnaz Fathi, Untitled, 2010.
Mixed media on canvas, 140 x 170 cm.


While studying Graphic Design at Azad University in Tehran, Fathi, always fascinated by the expressive potential of traditional Persian calligraphic forms, immersed herself in a sustained six-year study of traditional calligraphy. She then became one of only a tiny handful of women trained to the highest level within that discipline. Despite this Fathi felt the need to expand her practice and developed an idiom of her own with large, bold abstractions. In recent work Fathi developed the technique of Siah Mashgh, a dedicated practice of repeating letters over and over until the ink creates a densely textured, solid black impression. Fathi’s hand movements form uncompromised gestures, emerging out of the deep layers and attempt to capture a thought, emotion, or sound. Undertaken with the same consideration, each work is densely inscribed with potential meanings allowing unrestrained imaginative possibilities.

Her first solo exhibition at October Gallery, Liminal-Subliminal, took place in 2010, followed by a second solo show Dance Me to the End of Night in 2014. Her work can be found in collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Carnegie Mellon University in Doha, Qatar; Islamic Art Museum (IAMM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the British Museum, London, UK; Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA; Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, UK; Asian Civilisation’s Museum, Singapore; and Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India.


 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS



 

SELECTED WORKS





 

GOLNAZ FATHI

Born in 1972, Tehran, Iran. Lives and works in Tehran, Iran.
Education
1996    Diploma of Iranian Calligraphy, Iranian Society of Calligraphy, Tehran, Iran
1995    Bachelors of Art in Graphics, Azad Art University, Tehran, Iran
1990    Secondary Studies Degree, Tehran, Iran
Selected solo exhibitions
2019   Let’s pretend everything is alright, Sundaram Tagore gallery, New York, USA
2018   A Long Line Without a Word, Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
2016   Line | Khat, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Contemplations, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore 
2015   Every Braking Wave, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong
2014   Dance Me to the End of Night, October Gallery, London, UK
2013   The Living Road, Pearl Lam Fine Art, Shanghai, China Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, U.S.A Falling Leaves, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2010   Liminal-Subliminal, October Gallery, London, UK
Ride Like the Wind, Sultan Gallery, Kuwait Controlled Chaos, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE
2009   Doha series, The Third Line, Doha, Qatar
2008   My Freedom, Xerxes Gallery, London, UK
    Sleepless Nights, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE
2007   Beyond Words, La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, Bahrain
2006   Golnaz Fathi, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE
2005   Solo Exhibition, Space SD, Beirut, Lebanon
    Un-Written, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE
    Virtual Painting Exhibition, ArteEast, www.arteeast.org
    Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture de Neuilly, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
2004   Agence Le Carré Bleu, Paris, France
    L’oeil du Huit, Paris, France
    Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2002   Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2000   Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran
    Shahr-e-Ketab Bookstore of Niavaran, Tehran, Iran
1999   Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1998   Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Selected group exhibitions
2019   Writing non Writing, Modern Calligraphy Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art  ,CAA Hongzhou, China
The Decorated Word: Writing and Picturing in Islamic Calligraphy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Dream No Small Dream: 40 years of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK 
Women’s Work: Contemporary Art from Asia and the Middle East, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore 
2018   Transvangarde: Contemporary Art from around the planet, October Gallery, London, UK 
Infinite Present: The Revelatory Art of Islamic Design, Gallery 344, Cambridge Arts Council, Massachusetts, USA
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
Crossfades and Drawn Forms, Golnaz Fathi and Lan Zhenghui, Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore 
2017   All Happens After Sunset…, MoCA Pavliion, Shanghai, China
INK ASIA, Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
Quotidian, Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai, China
Appearance, White Line Gallery, Tehran, Iran 
2016   In Silence, Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore
AB Discovery 2016, AB Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland
Labyrinths, Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
2015   Frontiers Reimagined: Art That Connects Us, Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice, Italy
2014   35 Years of Transvangarde: Contemporary art from around the planet, October Gallery, London, UK
Marked: Contemporary Takes on Mark-Making, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA
2013   To be a Lady: An International Celebration of Women in the Arts. Curated by Jason Andrew, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
2012   Masters of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
    Alternative view: Three Generations of Iranian Women, Mellat Gallery, Tehran
    Written Images: Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, HK
    The Other Half of Iran, Sem-Art Gallery, Monaco
    World Stories- Young Voices, Brighton Museum, UK
    The Elephant in the Dark, Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India
2011   Hong Kong Art Fair, Pearl Lam Fine Art Gallery, Hong Kong
    Written Images: Contemporary Calligraphy from the Middle East, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA
    The Art of Writing, Art Forum of Wiesbaden, Germany
    Transvangarde: Contemporary Art from Around the World, October Gallery, London, UK
2010   Iran Inside Out, Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE
2009   International Woman Artists’ Biennial, South Korea
    Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA
    Selseleh/Zelseleh: Movers & Shakers in Contemporary Iranian Art, Curated by Dr. Layla Diba, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, USA
2008   Look what love has done to us, Cramer Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
    Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum at DIFC, Curated by Venetia Porter, Dubai, UAE
2007   Cutting Edge: Spotlight on the avant-garde of emerging countries, Artcurial, Paris, France
    Collected Memories, ArtSpace Gallery, London, UK
    Within and Without, Nomoregrey Gallery, London, UK
    Mah Gallery, Tehran, Iran
    Unnamed Gallery, Amman, Jordan
    Wishes and Dreams, Meridian International Centre, Washington DC, USA
    ARTPARIS 07, Grand Palais, Paris, France
    Group Exhibition, Niavaran Artistic Creation Foundation, Tehran, Iran
2006   Transit, Istanbul Improvisation Days, Istanbul, Turkey
    Group Exhibition, Don O'Melveny Gallery, Los Angles, USA
    Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, The British Museum, London, UK
    9th International Open Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, USA
2005   Espace SD, Beirut, Lebanon
    Mah Gallery, Tehran, Iran
    Italian School of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
2004   Depot Square Gallery, Boston, USA
    Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York City, USA
    Fatima Gallery, Tehran, Iran
    Italian School of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
    Royal Mirage Hotel, Dubai, UAE
2003   Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, USA
    6th Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
    The National Arts Club, New York, USA
    Lo Sguardo Di Luce, Padova, Italy
    Art Centre of Plano, Plano, Texas, USA
    Museum of Arts and Science, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
2002   Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran
    Don O'Melveny Gallery, Los Angles, USA
    New Art from Iran, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas, USA
    New Art from Iran, Queen Library Gallery, Jamaica, New York, USA
2001   La Maison du Livre, Brussels, Belgium
    Hôtel de Ville de Saint-Gilles, Saint-Gilles, Belgium
    Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran
    Courtyard Gallery, Dubai, UAE
    Meridian International Centre, Washington DC, USA
2000   Azteca Gallery, Madrid, Spain
    Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1998   Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1997   1st Islamic World Calligraphy Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
    Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1996   Calligraphy Exhibition, Reza Abbassi Museum, Tehran, Iran
    Calligraphy Exhibition, Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1995   Exhibition of Art University Students, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
1994   Exhibition for Iranian Women Painters, Turkey
1993   2nd Painting and Miniature Exhibition, Tehran Exhibition Centre, Tehran, Iran
    2nd Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran


Grants and Awards
2012   Visiting artist at “Art Campus”, Meissen Porcelain Factory, Germany
2011   Chosen as a Young Global Leader - World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland
2010   Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial, UAE - Selection Committee
2007    Residence scholarship, Fabrica, Treviso, Italy
2004    Residence Scholarship, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2003    Residence Scholarship, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
1995   Best Woman Calligraphist in Ketabat style, Iranian Society of Calligraphy, Tehran, Iran
1993   Diploma of Honour in Graphics and Painting, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
Collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
World Bank, Washington. DC, USA
Brighton & Hove Museum, UK
Carnegie Mellon University in Doha, Qatar
Islamic Art Museum, Malaysia
Asian Civilization’s Museum, Singapore
The British Museum, London, UK
Devi art foundation, New Delhi, India
Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE
Salsali Foundation, Dubai, UAE

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