Laila Tara H is an Iranian-British artist and painter based between Tehran and London. Her work is a balance of Eastern and Western methodology, bringing together two distinct traditions - those of classical oil painting and Indo-Persian miniature painting. Her primary medium sways between oil paint on calque and naturally derived gouache on hemp paper. In the latter works, all pigments are hand-made by the artist herself, a process learnt during her time at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and in her travels to Hormuz, Iran where she continued to collect, grind, and transform earth into usable paints. The work, in both oil and gouache, is characterized by minimalist feel with detailed work tending to float on large clean surfaces. Born in London and raised across Asia and Africa, her work is inevitably rooted in ideas of identity. It is reflective of her nomadic upbringing and the formation of a her own imagined cultural identity - how to honour her Iranian traditions outside of the traditional mould and also in a contemporary context.

Open for commissions and collaborations.

Contact

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Education

International School of Creative Arts, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom 2012

Hampstead College of Fine Arts, London, United Kingdom 2013

Florence Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy 2014

Leiden University Honours College, The Hague, Netherlands2013-2016

Studio Escalier, Argenton, France2016

Prince's School of Traditional Arts, London, United Kingdom 2017 - 2019

Shows

Carpet Roots II Group Show, London, 2019

Private Exhibition at Dumfries House, Scotland, 2019

The Prince's School of Traditional Arts MA Degree show, London, 2019

Group Show ii Leiden University, The Hague, 2015

Group Show i Leiden University, The Hague, 2014

Work

Berenjak, 2019

The Drunken Butler, 2018-2019

Al Bukhary Foundation Gallery, British Museum, 2018

Dello Studio 2018

Honeymoon High 2018

Great Art 2016

22fm 2016

Fine Art Studio 2015

Publications

WTR London, 2019

Her Magazine 2018

Honeymoon High 2018

Life

London, United Kingdom

Tehran, Iran

Nairobi, Kenya

New Delhi, India

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Ankara, Turkey

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Paris, France

Florence, Italy

Harare, Zimbabwe

New York, United States

The Hague, Netherlands