Afshin Naghouni

About the Artist

Iranian by birth, Afshin Naghouni (Ash) has lived most of his adult life in London, where he works as a visual artist.

Considered a child prodigy, Ash won a number of regional and national painting competitions between the ages of 9 and 12 and has not stopped painting since.

Education: graduate degree, London Metropolitan University, Sir John Cass Department of Art Media and Design.

with Sir Peter Blake 2003

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2014: Objectification, Go Figurative, London
  • 2013: Art for Youth, Kensington Royal College of Art, London
  • 2013: Peykan, Aun Gallery Tehran, Iran
  • 2013: Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2013: Peace from the Bottom of My Art, Opera Gallery, London
  • 2013: Objectification (Solo), Go Figurative, London
  • 2011: Kensington Royal College of Art, London, Art for Youth.
  • 2010: Kensington Royal College of Art, London, Art for Youth.
  • 2002: ZCMI Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 2002: Nikombashi Mitsokushi, Tokyo.
  • 2001: St Raphael Gallery, London.
  • 2001: London and Brunei Gallery, London.
  • 2000 to 2009: The Mall Gallery, London.
  • 1999: Bexley, Kent, England.
  • 1997: Afran Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

In Afshin's Words

Most of what we deem as real is an enhanced version, undergone serious plastic surgery and we are bombarded by this reality on daily basis. Repeat something enough times and it becomes your reality. Attack on each other's cultural differences takes the place of understanding and celebrating them, fear of the ''Other'' becomes the norm, war becomes necessary and status quo, while peace remains an occasional treat, occupation becomes liberation, torture and murder becomes justifiable. Muslim women are oppressed and exploited while western women are liberated? And vice versa? We become what we wear and what we wear becomes even more important than the person who wears them. The person, the individual as well as the reality all dissolve in the veneer. I thrive on continually reminding my viewer that there is a darker more sinister concept embedded within images which at first glance seem visually pleasing, harmless paintings and challenge them to discern what, if anything is real.

Street of Life Interview