Golnaz Fathi: Contemplations
18 November 2016 to 22 January 2017
Tue to Sat: 11am to 7pm Sun: 11am to 6pm Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 5 Lock Road #01-05 Gillman Barracks. Singapore 108933
Sundaram Tagore Singapore is pleased to present work by Iranian artist Golnaz Fathi, whose abstract paintings are rooted in the traditions of Persian calligraphy. The exhibition comprises canvases, works on paper, lightboxes and drawings.
Born in Tehran in 1972, Fathi is one of the few women to excel at traditional Islamic calligraphy. For years, she underwent rigorous training, sitting for eight hours daily, carefully controlling her breathing and writing poetry with a qalam (a dried reed). Trading her qalam for paintbrushes and pens, Fathi went on to create her own visual language. For her recent paintings on canvas, Fathi applied acrylic in large, gestural brushstrokes. She then used a pen to inscribe the canvases with thousands of minute marks echoing calligraphic letters.
Fathi’s works are in the collections of the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore; the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.