Islamic Arts Magazine has in its 30.10.15 cover the first London solo exhibition of Babak Rashvand, which was curated by Maria Migadi in Gallery 8 in St.James.

A visual artist and Creative Director, Babak Rashvand was born in Iran in 1980. He studied visual communication at the Tehran University-Faculty of Fine Arts, where he completed his Master of Arts in 2009. As a visual artist he finds his inspiration in painting, calligraphy, illustration and graphic art.

Babak Rashvand said: “I regard colours as the most wonderful possibility to depict anything from life to a dream and whatever possible in these two realms. On my canvases, you will see colours differently, meaning from different angles, depending on where you stand and how you look, just like the beauties in life which all depend on your vantage point and how you see them.”

Rashvand is a recipient of many awards for his work such as the First award at the 22th National College Student Festival (The section of Typography) in Tehran-Iran, 2007; the Second award at the National College Student Festival (The section of Calligraphy Painting) in Tehran-Iran, 2006; the First award at “Falaq”, National College Student Festival (The section of Poster) in Tehran-Iran, 2006; the Third award at the 21th National College Student Festival (The section of Poster), in Tehran-Iran, 2006 and the First award at the 13th International Festival and Exhibition of Quran (The section of Calligraphy Painting) in Tehran-Iran, 2005; and many more. He has participated in many festivals and exhibitions in Iran, France, UAE, Russia, Austria, and Albania.

Art Historian Maria Migadi explains, “Babak is an artist who has always derived pleasure from writing and reading. For, these activities embrace lifetime feelings and purposes within the artist’s existence: Love, Happiness, Silence, Sorrow, Depth… It is noteworthy that the central meaning of Babak’s artworks are the letters, which create the words that express the above feelings. However, his exceptional input in the so called Persian Calligraphy Painting is the elongation and the distortion of the letters, which become abstract forms. These could be seen as personifications of freedom and universality as by losing their standard format, letters become free from any connotations. There is no country of origin or a certain vocal sound reminiscent of Rashvand’s artworks. On the contrary, the works can be seen as a dance and a homage to the eternal and universal language of music.”

The exhibition is on view until November 1, 2015 at the Gallery 8, at 8 Duke Street, St. James SW1Y 6BN.