Hamid Jafari Shakib, during his artistic activity, has generally been creating works with symbolic themes. Symbols are sometimes rooted in myths and legends, and sometimes take on a modern form and image. What is important in these works are the concepts and narratives that are received beyond these images.
In terms of execution technique, what is most evident is the colorful role that the line element plays in the display of forms, and this issue creates the sense of design in current works. In creating the space of the works, the two factors of antiquity and decoration help to show the nostalgic feeling and cultural approach to the Iranian civilization
In addition to design and painting media, he has continued the search and tendencies of symbolism in other media such as photography, video, and sculpture in order to be able to reveal the capabilities of different mediums in accordance with his ideas
Among his recent activities, he curated and conceived an arrangement called "Banquet" which was performed with the participation of 9 artists, and inspired by Marcel Duchamp's "Ready made". All the works of this arrangement were molded directly from real objects and They were reproduced using artificial stone and displayed in a single work called Banquet.
I drew the "Tehran" collection in 2018, inspired by old illustrated maps.
In this collection, I have used symbolic images such as dancers, musicians, lions, dragons, etc. to show the different dimensions and characteristics of this chaotic and attractive city.
In these maps, I have identified the famous places of Tehran with codes that are indicated in the tables in the pictures, equivalent to the codes, the names of the places .I have also tried to match the coordinates of those places with the pattern of the map of Tehran.
To create a nostalgic and old-fashioned feeling in my works, I have drawn them on the cardboard prepared with colored inks using the monotype technique.
Hamid Jafari Shakib
2006 MA(Painting), University of Art, Tehran, Iran
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2019 Oriental Dream, Vista Gallery, Tehran ,Iran
2018 Tehran, Vista Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2016 Balance, Vista Plus Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2015 Puppetry, Vali Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2011 Untitled, Atbin Gallery , Tehran, Iran
2005 Myths narrated today , Laleh Gallery, Tehran, Iran
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2019 Art for Peace festival, Baroque Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2017 Painter, Narrator 2, Shirin Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2017 with plants, Han Gallery, Shiraz, Iran
2020 the 8th Tehran Painting Biennale, Tehran, Iran