Afshin (Ash) Naghouni artworks big in a larger-than-life way.
Afshin Naghouni is an Iranian born British artist based in London, UK.
Iranian by birth, Afshin Naghouni (Ash) has lived most of his adult life in London, where he works as a visual artist.
Considered a child prodigy, Ash won a number of regional and national painting competitions between the ages of 9 and 12 and has not stopped painting since.
Education: graduate degree, London Metropolitan University, Sir John Cass Department of Art Media and Design.
Most of what we deem as real is an enhanced version, undergone serious plastic surgery and we are bombarded by this reality on daily basis. Repeat something enough times and it becomes your reality. Attack on each other’s cultural differences takes the place of understanding and celebrating them, fear of the ”Other” becomes the norm, war becomes necessary and status quo, while peace remains an occasional treat, occupation becomes liberation, torture and murder becomes justifiable. Muslim women are oppressed and exploited while western women are liberated? And vice versa? We become what we wear and what we wear becomes even more important than the person who wears them. The person, the individual as well as the reality all dissolve in the veneer. I thrive on continually reminding my viewer that there is a darker more sinister concept embedded within images which at first glance seem visually pleasing, harmless paintings and challenge them to discern what, if anything is real.
Afshin (Ash) Naghouni works big in a larger-than-life way, zooming-in close-up to produce a super-sized canvas in a neo-figurative style that captures the appeal of intimate moments in a woman’s life.
Naghouni teases you in his canvas ‘dolly-shot’ whilst, simultaneously, considers the controversialists view of whether it is that Muslim women are oppressed and exploited while western women are liberated, or vice versa?
Estelle Lovatt, Art of England, December 2011
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