Persi Darukhanawala

Persi Darukhanawala creates paintings which belong to everyone who chooses to look, challenging prevailing ideas around boundaries between artist and observer.
The outcome of Persi’s craft comes second to the dialogue he hopes it will spark in the reaction of the viewer.
The ‘centre-under-siege’ is a recurrent theme in Darukhanawala’s circular artworks which he often refers to as “songs”.

The art of Persian Zoroastrian artist Persi Darukhanawala is about communication and connection. Persi creates abstract and minimalist paintings which call into question expectations surrounding how art should be received and understood. Unsettling and restarting the dialogue between creator and observer stands at the heart of Darukhanawala’s artistic practice. His work provides viewers with the freedom to metabolize their own pathway of communication with his art, prizing their inner response and understanding, away from prevailing and oppressive narratives.

Persi Darukhanawala’s artistic process

Persi works almost exclusively in acrylic on paper. A sense of conservation or even existential continuance is fundamental to the ethos of Persi’s artistic process. His circular artworks - the circle being a Zoroastrian symbol of eternity - such as The Flames of Andy Warhol and Prisoner Number One - Pain Grey often show a clear centre under siege. These open-and-between spaces define and expand the moment where the artist and viewer meet; a contained period of self-awareness and transformation where the viewer is invited to explore their own, individual response to the piece, again and again, and again.

Early Career and Awards

Persi’s interest in the art of language and communication was piqued during his studies of German and French before he went on to pursue an MA at London’s Courtauld Institute of Art. Persi has consistently attracted significant academic and commercial interest since the beginning of his career. Recently, he was shortlisted for the prestigious Art Olympia Prize 2017 in Tokyo, for which he was given Honourable Mention.

Selected Works

The Flames of Andy Warhol by Persi Darukhanawala

The Flames of Andy Warhol

Paintings - 90x70 cm
Speak like a child (groove-y green) by Persi Darukhanawala
Speak like a child (modest blue) by Persi Darukhanawala
Speak like a child (magnetic red) by Persi Darukhanawala
Prisoner number one (pain grey) by Persi Darukhanawala
Tommy gun by Persi Darukhanawala

Tommy gun

Paintings - 90x70 cm
Me and you - and you and me by Persi Darukhanawala

Me and you - and you and me

Paintings - 90x70 cm
Shine the light: mehr nicht! by Persi Darukhanawala

Shine the light: mehr nicht!

Paintings - 90x70 cm

On s'est reconnu

Paintings - 76x56 cm

Glazed, dirty steps ...

Paintings - 56x20 cm

Dodging 'tween the flak

Paintings - 122x152 cm

An SOS through the wall ...

Paintings - 152x122 cm

But I'm Different Now (black)

Paintings - 76x56 cm

But I'm Different Now (pink)

Paintings - 76x56 cm

But I'm Different Now (white)

Paintings - 76x56 cm

Too small to take a fall

Paintings - 76x56 cm

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