Selected works by Farsad Labbauf

Farsad Labbauf
Joseph (Gaze)


Oil on canvas

142.3 x 112 cm

Farsad Labbauf’s paintings are immediately recognizable from his highly idiosyncratic style. Influenced by traditional Persian arts such as calligraphy, tapestry, and the poetry of Rumi, Labbauf’s contemporary portraits convey a metaphysical approach to painting where line, colour and texture are used less to ’depict’ an image than to describe its essence. In Jospeh (Gaze), his realistic portrait of a man immediately breaks down as an illusion as hundreds of delicately applied brush strokes and carefully delineated tonal patterns transform the image into abstraction. Describing his work as "an attempt for the union of the internal", Labbauf’s paintings offer a meditative quality. Through their fragmented appearance, Labbauf’s images transcend fixed time or place, conceiving this unresolved state as a more accurate or truthful representation of reality.

Other Resources
Artist’s website, including press, selected images, biographical information and the artist’s statement.
Representing gallery, details on show with Ahmad Morshedloo and Arwa Abouon
These works are done in configuration with my linear style of figurative painting.
The formation of this method of pictorial depiction is an evolution from my belief that in order to truthfully describe any content, a painting must exist in a state of flux, as all events, objects, scenes, people, thoughts and ideas are constantly changing.
Cancio Contemporary Art Gallery – profile for Farsad Labbauf
Link to a radio interview with Farsad Labbauf