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Salman Khoshroo

Salman Khoshroo

Salman Khoshroo was born in 1983 in Tehran. He spent his early schooling years in New York City and in 2004 received his bachelor’s degree in Digital Arts from the Australian National University. Upon completing his studies he moved back to Iran, where he currently lives and works.

Although Salman has lived in two worlds, his artistic inspiration derives from Iran and therefor has chosen to make it his permanent home. He first started exploring his motherland through the lens of a camera and has held three photography exhibitions. In retrospect perhaps most of his photographs were the work of a suppressed painter. The artist still relies heavily on photographs for his painting practice.

Salman is a self-taught painter who enjoys the progressive experience of this art form. It has been four years since he first picked up the brush and his main influences are Lucian Freud and Claude Monet among others.

Before turning to painting, the artist photographed mostly abstract and minimalistic spaces in the streets of Tehran, but following 2009 photography in the streets was not feasible. As his artistic practice was forced more and more indoors, he adapted painting. Soon he grew intrigued and obsessed with this discipline and painted portraits of many of the people he knew.

Now in 2014 he holds his first exhibition displaying 10 of his most recent portraits.

By Kamran Khademi for the Exhibition

I have known Salman Khoshroo’s work for almost two years. He has continuously impressed us as an artist struggling for discovery, awareness and consciousness. He is constantly working in that path, getting craftier and finding new insights.

Salman’s work reveals a tumultuous tension between what he sees and what there is. He ambitiously goes farther in creating effects that reveal a flow of intimate sensation of his subject, live and breathing!

He is of course a natural draftsman. But his work reaches deeper than what can be seen.He captures the throbbing soul of his subject with translucent layers of colors and bold strokes of brush and knife. Translucent colors, rough knife strokes to let the refraction of light seduce us to see the invisible, to see the undepictable! He has a vision through clouds of conscious and revelations.

The ethereal dream he has when he is hi with the fever, in that special moment sparks in an arc to the canvas a stream of conscious and leaves in its wake hallucination and daydreaming. His work requires acute awareness and concentration to watch and explore, an interaction rather than observation.

Strikingly intense and agonizingly honest, original and powerful, the urgency of his feelings and sensations is contagious. His enchanted work is going to get validated more and more as he finds exposure.

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