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Drawing from her Iranian-American background, Negar Ahkami makes sweeping mixed-media paintings in which she interweaves references to traditional Iranian tiling and patterns with Western artistic traditions. She describes her allover compositions, which seem to wash over the surface of various supports (including wooden panel, canvas, and even blocks of Styrofoam), as “cacophony, rhythmic pattern, and maximalism.” Her works are largely abstract, although human figures, home furnishings, and architectural structures sometimes emerge from the intricate designs. But all is not light and beauty in Ahkami’s works. As she explains: “My iconography over the years has explored neuroses of our times—Islamophobia; Orientalism and Occidentalism; consumerism; climate change; and the impact of these phenomena on women. My ultimate quest, regardless of subject matter, is to unleash Persian art’s expressive potential.”

Selected exhibitions
2019
Between Spirit and MagicRossi & Rossi
2013
Summer SelectsLeila Heller Gallery
Negar Ahkami: The ConsumptionLeila Heller Gallery

Surround Sound, 2012

Gesso, acrylic and glitter oncanvas stretched on panel 
66 × 48 in
167.6 × 121.9 cm
US$15,000–US$20,000
Location
Dubai, New York
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Medium

Drawing from her Iranian-American background, Negar Ahkami makes sweeping mixed-media paintings in which she interweaves references to traditional Iranian tiling and patterns with Western artistic traditions. She describes her allover compositions, which seem to wash over the surface of various supports (including wooden panel, canvas, and even blocks of Styrofoam), as “cacophony, rhythmic pattern, and maximalism.” Her works are largely abstract, although human figures, home furnishings, and architectural structures sometimes emerge from the intricate designs. But all is not light and beauty in Ahkami’s works. As she explains: “My iconography over the years has explored neuroses of our times—Islamophobia; Orientalism and Occidentalism; consumerism; climate change; and the impact of these phenomena on women. My ultimate quest, regardless of subject matter, is to unleash Persian art’s expressive potential.”

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