Merely Stand Up in The Crowd
Habib Farajabadi (b. 1982) is an Iranian painter working out of the capital Tehran.
Habib’s paintings are an accumulation of energetic marks that coalesce to form dense, complex masses centralised on larger than human surfaces. These nest-like masses are fused with structural forms that when combined, make the forms feel weighty and dimensional with a pulsating presence.
Farajabadi makes no attempt to conceal his process. His scratchy, pendulum-like strokes are fully revealed & layered with vigour while his chalky, earthy colour palette simultaneously suggests cartoonish figures and towering ancient totem-esque forms.
The work is fresh and rooted in the present while carrying on the modernist tradition of Abstract Expressionism and the artistic heritage of civilisations long gone.