Branching Out

Mahtab FirouzabadiMahtab Firouzabadi

Branching Out

Paintings by Mahtab Firouzabadi

March 6–25, 2018

Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 6, 6–8 p.m.

Meet the Artist: Saturday, March 10, 2–3 p.m.

Mahtab FirouzabadiMahtab Firouzabadi.

Mahtab Firouzabadi is a North Vancouver-based artist of Iranian descent. After obtaining her high school degree in Germany, she returned to Iran and pursued her passion in both art and language, completing her bachelor’s in Fine Arts, and master’s in German translation at the Iranian Azadi University. She also continued her studies in Vancouver at Emily Carr University, and has been an avid painter and photographer since 2000.

Firouzabadi regularly creates works that are eclectic, upbeat and heavily inspired by rich and captivating colours, which is clearly evident in her paintings. Her visual and conceptual vocabulary emerges though her focus on the points of interaction between cultural memories, expressions of nature, peace and tradition—all within the contemporary form.

In describing her approach to her work, she believes trees symbolize purity and sacredness in many cultures, and her personal and contemporary form is a reflection of this idea. “I have always gazed at the trees, and they bring me to life for their pure signs of energy, fertility and sacrednessthey have an unlimited capability of nurturing sanctity. For a tree is a passage between the sky and the earth.”

The conceptual within our contemporary society is what drives her forward as an artist. While studying a new language in Germany, it became clear to her that, much like language is a connection to herself and her community, so is art. Through her exposure to so many cultures, Firouzabadi has learned to use those experiences to help develop her art in different ways. “For me, the most important aspect about me is my art. My trees—my art—represent myself and my soul—each have their own personality, and each have their own movement in their space.”

Firouzabadi’s works can be found in a myriad of public and private art collections, both in Iran and abroad. Her works have been displayed in numerous exhibitions, art fairs, and auctions worldwide in Iran, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, China, France, Italy, the USA, and Canada.


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