Shirin Tabeshfar Iranian

Shirin Tabeshfar's artistic career is both remarkable and inspiring. Shirin was born in Tehran and studied classical Iranian and European art at the Behzad School of Fine Art in her hometown. At the age of eighteen she embarked on a new chapter by moving to the United Kingdom. In England she pursued her artistic education at the Bath Academy of Art and then graduated in 1982 from the University of West London.

Since then Shirin has established herself as an accomplished artist showcasing her work both in the UK and internationally. The artist's work is held in private and public collections across the United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. This is a testament to the recognition and value her art has garnered.


Shirin's work often explores images of the past. A painter whose canvases are often divided, fascinated by the relationship between order and chaos. This is a determined contemporary artist intrigued by the concept of time. Shirin combines elements of symbolism, spirituality and a sense of time within her artwork. The ethereal and innocent brightness of the warm colours reinforces the joyful vitality and poetry emanating from her paintings which is already hinted at by their titles. Shirin's art manages to keep its innate freshness, encased in a world of silent poetry.


"In the depths of my memory, in the meantime and moving places, links are established between buried images. This series of works weaves an intimate communication with my inner life, a dialogue between what has been lost and found. The details dissolve, giving way to shapes free of precision. Through time and memory, I unfold my experiences, intentions and dreams. Painting becomes my way of defining myself, a direct and deep expression. Each brush stroke conveys my vibrant feeling. The raw finish thus preserves the drama of its creation. These works consist of superimposed layers, with varied textures, sometimes transparent, sometimes opaque. The strata appear and fade, evoking their existence in memory." 

Shirin Tabeshfar