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Engulfed in a heavy stillness, Taha Heydari’s Real Violence evokes deep melancholy. The Iranian artist explores the complexities in images and ideology, drawing inspiration from the archival images of Persian lifestyle magazine Zan-e Rooz (“Woman of Today”). Heydari illustrates notions of displacement, alluding to the …

The standing figure in Real Violence wears a VR (virtual reality) headset. Taha Heydari is fascinated by VR Karbala, a company that makes virtual reality experiences of the Battle of Karbala, fought in the year 680 Karbala, Iraq. The battle led to the martyrdom of Imam Hussein ibn Ali, grandson of the Prophet …

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Having recently completed his MFA at the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Taha Heydari uses his minutely detailed brushwork to reveal and comment on the issues of racial identity, prejudice, and propoganda in the United States and the Middle East. Particularly of interest to Heydari are the ways in which the seductive power of media imagery is being used to shape perceptions and outcomes in the regions.

Heydari’s striking, large-scale canvases reflect the artist’s ongoing interest in the power of images and the role of the spectator in the stagecraft of both politics and terror. Throughout the work, there is an emphasis on historic moments and current events that highlight the complex relationships between observer and image, viewer and viewed.
He begins each new painting by culling from his growing archive of source material, gleaned from research in libraries and on the Internet, but these images are fragmented and combined until they evoke a mood, rather than a narrative. The beauty of Heydari’s paintings invites closer inspection, which yields an array of ominous associations.

Selected exhibitions
2019
LikenessesHaines Gallery
2018
Taha Heydari: Running RabbitsHaines Gallery
2016
Taha Heydari: CorruptedHaines Gallery
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Real Violence, 2021

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60 × 48 in
152.4 × 121.9 cm
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Engulfed in a heavy stillness, Taha Heydari’s Real Violence evokes deep melancholy. The Iranian …

The standing figure in Real Violence wears a VR (virtual reality) headset. Taha Heydari is …

Medium
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, sticker label, Signed on verso
Certificate of authenticity
Included (issued by gallery)
Frame
Not included

Having recently completed his MFA at the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Taha Heydari uses his minutely detailed brushwork to reveal and comment on the issues of racial identity, prejudice, and propoganda in the United States and the Middle East. Particularly of interest to Heydari are the ways in which the seductive power of media imagery is being used to shape perceptions and outcomes in the regions.

Heydari’s striking, large-scale canvases reflect the artist’s ongoing interest in the power of images and the role of the spectator in the stagecraft of both politics and terror. Throughout the work, there is an emphasis on historic moments and current events that highlight the complex relationships between observer and image, viewer and viewed.
He begins each new painting by culling from his growing archive of source material, gleaned from research in libraries and on the Internet, but these images are fragmented and combined until they evoke a mood, rather than a narrative. The beauty of Heydari’s paintings invites closer inspection, which yields an array of ominous associations.

Selected exhibitions (3)
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