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Howard Griffin Gallery Welcomes Spaces of Hope

‘Spaces of Hope’ is a much anticipated exhibition at London’s Howard Griffin Gallery from Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo’s new work, which SEEN strongly recommends you not to miss. It opened on 2nd March 2017 in the 14,000 square foot subterranean former industrial testing facility of Ambika P3 in central London, occupying the walls of this epic site with a new body of large-scale paintings alongside an ambitious sculptural installation, opening up the conceptual space of the artist’s paintings into the three-dimensional space of the gallery for the first time.

Early Redemption

Born in 1981, Mehdi Ghadyanloo is known for his utopian and philosophical paintings that interrogate universal human precepts such as fear, hope and loss. His work stems from his experience of growing up in Iran under severe conditions of military conflict and economic sanctions, which is reflected in the sometimes sombre and melancholy tone and expression of his work, while his aesthetic can be traced to the otherworldy landscapes of European surrealist painters, such as Rene Magritte and Giorgio de Chirico. Drawing these influences together in his own unique style, Ghadyanloo proves himself a true and authentic cultural innovator coming out of Iran, breaking with tradition and finding new ways to express the ideas of his generation.

Routine Exercise

The palpable silence of his landscapes implies an anxiety and fear that cannot be spoken aloud; an airless vaccum that swallows matter and collapses time. Yet in spite of this, Ghadyanloo’s paintings offer fleeting instances of hope found in the most difficult of places. All too often out of reach yet ever present in our lives, the message of Ghadyanloo’s work is the power of hope; to illuminate the spaces of darkness and lead us to a brighter future.

Spaces Of Hope

Such a message is very welcome, especially at these times of huge political instability. ‘Spaces of Hope’ offers visitors the possibility of seeing Ghadyanloo’s perspective on world affairs through his position as a Middle-Eastern artist regularly moving across borders, giving a voice to the hopes and fears of those most affected by a growing isolationism.

Spirit Of The Sun

Ghadyanloo’s work transports us to a different spatial dimension that invites us to consider our shared humanity, beyond borders. In this way, Ghadyanloo’s expansive paintings are a meditation on the universality of all of our existences. ‘Spaces of Hope’ offers an – at times – sombre worldview, albeit one where beauty and hope remain and where there is still a possibility of a better future for all.


Howard Griffin Gallery Off-Site Project

Ambika P3
35 Marylebone Road