Laila Tara H (b.1995, London) is British-born Iranian artist, based between Tehran and London, specialising in contemporary(ish) Indo-Persian miniature(ish) painting. 


Raised across the world, she paints largely autobiographical reflections of a life navigating cultures. Having specialised in Persian and Indian Miniature painting during her Masters at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, her practice is rooted in traditional methods and materials.


Drawing inspiration from the rich history of miniature painting across the Middle East and South Asia, symbolism seeps through her chosen imagery and into her means of making. All paints are hand-made from (semi-precious) mineral, stone, or plant derived pigments and her paper is natural hemp also hand-made in India or antique papers collected in Iran. Respect for the cultural and craft elements of traditional miniature painting are inherent to her practice, as an ode to nature and to the dense history that allows her to practice today. Big empty spaces, small intricately detailed additions, telling stories.

Selected Exhibitions


2021  Solo, O Gallery, Tehran, Iran (upcoming)

2021  FUTURE virtual Exhibit, ArteEast, on Artsy (upcoming)

2020  Casa Balandra Open Studios, Casa Balandra, Mallorca, Spain

2020  Nourishment Projects, VO Curations, London, United Kingdom

2020  So Good So Close, Numeroventi, Florence, Italy

2020  Art for Light, Online Auction

2020  Dance First Think Later, General Practice Gallery, Lincoln, United Kingdom

2020  To All Our Absent Dialogues, Warbling Collective, 145a Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2019  Royal Miniature Society, Mall Galleries, London, United Kingdom

2019  Carpet Pages II:Roots, Mile End Pavilion, London, United Kingdom

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

2019  Dumfries House Royal MA private exhibition for HRH Prince Charles, Ayrshire, Scotland

2019  The Drunken Butler, London, United Kingdom



2020 Casa Balandra, Mallorca, Spain

2020 Numeroventi, Florence, Italy

2016 Studio Escalier, Argenton Chateau., France



The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, MA, 2019

Leiden University, BA, 2016

Florence Academy of Arts, 2014


Architectural Digest India, This Instagram account dedicated to South Asian art is changing the way we look at our cultural history, 2020

Tehran Art Scene, Laila Tara H, 2020

Arts of Hindustan, The Nomadic Painter with Laila Tara H, 2020

Where About Now, Journal, Cities Inhabit the Place of Base with Laila Tara H, 2020

Hammam Radio, Sahar Ghorishi in coversation with Laila Tara H, 2020

HER Society Magazine, Femme Friday with Laila Tara H, 2017


instagram @llailatarah

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