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Anis Tabaraee Persian surrealism

Illustrator steps into the world of surrealism with a focus on "one of the fundamental characters in Persian painting" - the horse.


I first spoke to Anis two years ago during her exploration of Persian ancestral creatures. More recently her work has been evolving thematically and her new pieces focus on manipulations of the horse. I chatted to Anis to find out more.

It's been two years since I last spoke to you. Where has your art taken you recently?

It's been a challenging time for me to reach my personal aesthetic. The theme of my work has gradually changed to what it is today and it has combined with my expression from previous studies in Persian painting, specifically of horse riders. The depiction of an obsessive analysis of cavalries' anatomies led me to create decorative patterns from several angle points. Moreover, using the repetition, division and unity of decorative patterns assisted me in expressing human emotions.

You've recently shared a series of beautiful new pieces on Instagram. What is the concept behind these?

The concept mostly refers to the ancient civilisation of Iran and manipulation of the form of one of the fundamental characters in Persian painting, namely the horse. I tried to imagine them in their bones and muscles, rearranging the organs to create an army.


How have you found your style evolving in these new pieces?

Well, I depict a new representation in Persian painting consisting of central composition and exaggerating some articulation from the source. The visual culture that I was inspired by has been merged with my imagination in new creatures and lands.

Will there be an opportunity for people to view your large-scale works in public? If so, where?

Yes, I am currently working on two solo exhibitions. One in Iran at Dena Gallery and one in Canada at Eran Gallery.

What are your plans for the coming months?

I’ll be finishing large-scale paintings for two collections, illustrating my book, preparing works for some group exhibitions and also continuing my education.

by Felicity Jackson (she/her)

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