Amir H. Fallah, Painting For An Audience Of One With Lessons For A Lifetime
Amir H. Fallah, ‘Dying for Invisible Lines,’ 2020. Acrylic on panel. 36h x 48w in 91.44h x 121.92w AMIR H. FALLAH AND DENNY DIMIN GALLERY NEW YORK
Can a self-portrait reveal nothing of the artist’s appearance? Amir H. Fallah thinks so.
In past work, Fallah has explored the traditional conventions of portraiture while masking his subjects’ physical characteristics. All of his work begins with ideas of portraiture, but his aim is taking portraiture’s history and expanding on it, manipulating it, distorting it.
The artist now turns his gaze inward, with a specific purpose and audience in mind.
“In this body of work, I am creating paintings based around life lessons, warnings and allegorical stories that I want to pass onto my 5-year-old son,” Fallah told Forbes.com. “I realized that these life lessons embodied my personal experiences, background and history in a profound way and described me better than any photograph or painting of my likeness ever could. In that sense, they are truly self-portraits of me.”
See for yourself now through February 20 at Denny Dimin Gallery in Tribeca, New York during Fallah’s new exhibition “Better a Cruel Truth Than a Comfortable Delusion.”
Inspired by the children’s books he reads to his son before bed, Fallah’s new self-portraits examine how value systems are taught to children. Drawing on source material and imagery from a wide array of cultures, time periods and aesthetic styles, Fallah creates painted collages ripe with meaning.